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I am 7 years old and have Autism. This Blog is about what I can do not what I cannot , sometimes people think I cannot because I have autism ,this blog  is about challenging that!   I have lots of special interests, in particular running, exploring and this blog shows a small amount of what I get up to!

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Hidden places near Goosnargh,Preston ,Cold war Bunker , Chingle Hall the most haunted house in England ,Whittingham Hospital (disused largest mental hospital in the country),Orchard (rare fruit tree’s) ,

Posted in Bunker, Chingle Hall, Cold war, Disused Railway, Goosnargh, Haunted house, Lancashire, Orchard, Preston, Whittingham hospital with tags , , , , , , , , , on November 20, 2010 by jakeofwinterhill

guard  house  to the Bunker  for Preston


bunker main entrance
Video this shows you Goosenargh filter station  for this site !
radio station/Mast
Note from Dad Vodafone use this !
a church in Goosnargh
painted window (look carefully)
the haunted house  (Chingle Hall)  you can see the moat !
Note from Dad – the most haunted house in England ?

??? next to Chingle hall

Chingle Hall -the haunted house  ?
Whittingham  asylum was home to nearly 3,533 patients (and 600 staff) making it the largest populated in Great Britain and second largest in Europe
it had its own church, farms, railway, telephone exchange, post office, reservoirs, gas works, brewery, orchestra,
brass band, ballroom and butchers.
Above is the Cameron House section
Plan of Hospital

http://www.28dayslater.co.uk/forums/tags.php?tag=goosnargh
This is the  St lukes section  -Male patients

the old  station

railway bridge -look carefully

this is the orchard which is very special

http://www.garstangcourier.co.uk/news/entertainment/fruits_in_season_at_whittingham_1_1852020

WHITTINGHAM  ORCHARD

Whittingham Hospital was built in the last quarter of the 19th century.  Its orchard which we help to maintain still contains over 200 trees with 18 varieties of apples and 3 of pears.  We have replaced some of the lost trees with trees of similar varieties.  The hospital was self-sufficient in fruit from the orchard from October to May.  The following are the varieties to be found in it:
APPLES
Alfriston
Annie Elizabeth
Bramley’s Seedling
Crimson Bramley
Early Victoria
Edward VII
Ellison’s Orange
Golden Spire
Grenadier
Howgate Wonder
Keswick Codlin
Lane’s Prince Albert
Laxton’s Superb
Lord Derby
Monarch
Newton Wonder
Scotch Bridget
Warners King
PEARS
Early Portugal
Louise Bonne
Pitmaston Duchess
This is taken from
http://www.ldcv.org/latestnews.htm

hospital fire station

site of the old brewery

main entrance to the hospital

hospital church

feeding the ducks

lots of ducks

Note from Dad no work has been done !
remains of a headstone found in the lane !

Our route

Link about the new hospital

Links about Goosnargh and Whittingham
Where I was baptised

Forest head to Gains – disused railways,Old Mines and quarries -Cumbria

Posted in Blacksyke, Brampton, colliery, Cumbria, Disused Railway, fell running, Foggy, forest head, gairs, mine, Old mines, Old Quarry, Railway with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 26, 2010 by jakeofwinterhill

Brampton Railway


image of area  from

http://www.cumbria-railways.co.uk/brampton_railway_mines.html

 

we went from Blacksyke colliery to the  Blacksyke quarry  to Gairs colliery

 

along this route ran the famous  Rocket  steam engine


“In April 1837 James Thompson purchased George Stephensons Rocket from the Liverpool and Manchester Railway for the sum of £300″



background note:


Blacksyke Colliery


“Blacksyke Colliery’s first shaft was sunk during 1820-1 and went into production in 1822-3 using a steam engine for pumping and coal winding. To serve this Blacksyke colliery a branch line was put in East of Hallbangate climbing in a south westerly direction via a rope hauled line to reach this bleakly sited colliery”.

http://www.cumbria-railways.co.uk/brampton_railway_mines.html

 

 

http://www.dmm.org.uk/articles/8510805.htm

details of accidents at colliery

 

 

 

this is a coke oven

 

mine in the mist

 

at the top of the hill  of mine waste

steam engine where it used to be

note from dad : used for mine and the railway -incline was too steep for engines on their own !


video of Blacksyke mine


Blacksyke s quarry


red sandstone

note from dad -not from this area looks like Eden red sandstone ?

smmmmmooooth stone looks like wood !

Blacksyke quarry from above



Forest head Quarry

 

 

 

 

 

 

try and spot the railway line

 

Here are the railway tracks to Gains Colliery


background note :

Gairs Colliery – Work began on Gairs Colliery on the bleak windswept fells above Hallbankgate during 1909 and was completed by 1912. Besides the main seam there was a blacksmith shop and screens for sorting the coal. With this new development a further extension of the Brampton Railway was completed with a branch leaving the Blacksyke route near Forrest Head and following the course of the older line to Howgill. Beyond Howgill the new line climbed steeply to Gairs Colliery with gradients of between 1 in 27 to 1 in 18 which was one of the steepest worked adhesion lines in Great Britian at the time. At its peak in 1921 Gairs Colliery employed 180 below ground and 51 above ground and was finally abandoned on 6th September 1936


http://www.cumbria-railways.co.uk/brampton_railway_mines.html


an old railway bridge  on the way to Gains colliery

 

 

the spooky house  ( dads note :Gains house where the mine manager was supposed to live but its split into two houses  which are equal ? )

 

Dads note we did not explore the mine because of the weather moving in see right hand side of the photo

safety choice – Jake was tired due to adverse weather conditions , don’t take risks and become a casualty  there’s always next time !


I am in the fog wind and rain again

 

note from Dad -we dropped height and took the protected route next to the stone wall to avoid the wind

 

 

video showing high wind ,rain and low level cloud

 

 

a mine opening  ?

(one of the small breaks in the weather to allow a good photo )

 

note – from dad

weather for route

high winds leading to high chill factor -cold due to driving rain  and wind , poor visibility at times  -down to 5m ,

above this area is a place called cold fell – a name not without reason !

 

route taken

blackberry played up due to getting wet so distance is underestimated times/speed not accurate

http://www.sanoodi.com/routes/forest-head-to-gains-4.6-miles-302292/

point to point run

 

 

links

Local mountain rescue team

http://www.penrithmrt.org.uk/

 

walk links

http://www.markrichards.info/

http://www.cumbria.gov.uk/elibrary/Content/Internet/544/932/4009111315.pdf

http://www.cumbria.gov.uk/elibrary/content/internet/544/932/4009111739.pdf

 

we used a combination of the above two walks plus the Cumbria railways site to explore this area

 

http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/461843 Gains mine in better weather than we had !

 

Explore the disused railway at Dochamps, Belgium two trips 29/8 and 2/9

Posted in Belgium, Disused Railway, Dochamps, Railway with tags , , , , on September 2, 2010 by jakeofwinterhill

a set of points

a expansion gap that  allows for hot weather

a bolt to hold the track and has the letter B on it ,I collected some of these.

level crossing sign

a railway sign

there were a lots of nettles we used a stick to clear the nettles

a bend on the track

I am standing on a bridge