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Photo walk , Historic Horwich ,Fleet street, Horwich Parish Church and School,2.54 Miles

Posted in Bolton, Horwich, Lancashire, Railway, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on December 12, 2010 by jakeofwinterhill

http://www.mapmyrun.com/run/united-kingdom/horwich/803129216514438017

the route taken

http://www.theboltonnews.co.uk/news/historyben/profiles/4878432.Horwich_profiled___a_look_at_your_area/

Horwich

HORWICH, a chapelry, in the parish of Deane, union of Bolton, hundred of Salford, S. division of the county of Lancaster, 4 miles (W. N. W.) from Bolton, on the road to Chorley and Preston; containing 3773 inhabitants. The ancient forest of Horwich, sloping down the sides of Rivington Pike, long since disappeared. It was sixteen miles in circumference; and from its capacious dimensions, and its abundant supply of timber for buildings and for fuel, it became a manufacturing station at a very early period: as remote as the reign of Henry VIII. we read of yarn spun in Horwich. The chapelry is situated for the most part in a luxuriant valley, gradually rising through the village towards Bolton, and is separated from Anderton by the river Douglas; it comprises 3230 acres. The population is chiefly engaged in extensive bleaching-works and cotton-mills. The bleach-works of Messrs. Joseph Ridgway and Company were commenced about 1781; and the print-works of Messrs. Chippendale and Company, employing 500 persons, about the same time. Of three cotton-mills, the two largest belong to Messrs. W. and W. Bennett, and Peter Gaskell, Esq. A good stonequarry is wrought. Here is a station of the Bolton and Preston railway. The living is a perpetual curacy, with a net income of £240; patron, the Vicar of Deane. The present chapel, dedicated to the Holy Trinity, was erected by the Church Commissioners in 1831, at an expense of £5848, in lieu of the old chapel; it is in the early English style, with a square tower, and contains a monument by Westmacott, which cost £1500, to the late Joseph Ridgway, Esq., who was a large proprietor of land here. There are three places of worship for dissenters. Attached to the chapel are, an infants’, a Sunday, and a national school. Two heaps of stones on Wildersmoore Hill are intended, it is said, to record the death of two boys in the snow, on going to the grammar school at Rivington

http://www.horwichmethodistmission.org.uk/

St Johns Methodist church Horwich

stone houses often found on the main streets

from the second world war people – removed railings as part of the war effort  these are the tail tail signs of this ,the loco works and the local industry produced anything from Tanks to planes in the second world war

turn right to public right of way

go up the steps

the path goes straight ahead

turn right behind lever park school

http://www.leverpark.bolton.sch.uk/

the path has recently been cleared and goes between the lever park school and the golf course

http://www.theinternetgolfclub.com/golfclubs/horwich-golf-club.asp

Old railway sleeper at end of  the path

up the hill

take the left of the two paths – near to stone wall

the Winter Hill mast , two lads in front of the mast – style of stone wall found around this part of Horwich

The pike

Wilderswood is seen below the Pike

two of my Blogs

http://jakeofwinterhill.blogspot.com/2010/10/two-lads-to-winter-hill-to-rivington.html

http://jakeofwinterhill.blogspot.com/2010/11/spooky-wilderswood-in-dark-at-4-to-6-c.html

a old stile-there is a old line of a hedge to the right

keep to the right hand path -towards the buildings in distance

Montcliffe quarries can be seen , Winter Hill mast on left hand side

http://jakeofwinterhill.blogspot.com/2010/08/montcliffe.html

http://jakeofwinterhill.blogspot.com/2010/09/burnt-edge-colliery-and-hedgehog.html

this route takes you past the quarries you can see above

looking back towards blackrod

path leads to lane – right is a old farm -stone is used for the roof turn left

route is to the left towards fleet street

Historic fleet street

1777 – some of the houses are dated at

stone drain -blocked by leaves

go past the Monkey puzzle tree

down the lane, to the right is the Ridgmont  cemetery behind the wall

one house with slate and one with a  tile roof

Stocks park (see below why)

Stocks ! enough said !

some of the club houses see below!


what does the plaque say ?

In 1777, the Ridgway family leased the Wallsuches site and within a few years their bleachworks employed the majority of people from Horwich as well as from Blackrod and Adlington. The town grew rapidly from 300 people when the Ridgways arrived to 3,500 in 1831. From the family home at Ridgmont, the Ridgways chaired many local bodies for the benefit of the community. They built Holy Trinity Parish Church and School and helped with the provision of workers’ housing. The latter was through the lease of Chapel Field on which employees who joined a building club were allowed to build their own houses. The streets running off Church Street are still known as the Club houses

taken from

http://www.horwich.gov.uk/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=36&Itemid=36


http://www.about-horwich.co.uk/horwich/Horwich_Parish_Church.html


http://holytrinityhorwich.com/default.aspx

an old door way

Old post office -1807

Horwich School

old cellars

bay window houses -club houses ?

old police station -now a vets

CC horwich bridge

Bridge Inn

Horwich Conservative Club 1887

entrance to Horwich Old station park

VR post Box

Gorton Cottage home of Formerly the home of the prominent industrialist and benefactor Andrew Peak (1810 to 1889)

taken from http://www.horwich.gov.uk/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=58&Itemid=80


2 windows at the front and ….

four windows at the back!!

lamp posts

reminder of the past loco works

http://www.horwichstation.org.uk/history

http://www.horwichstation.org.uk/maps

kildonian house surgery building 1902

plague on a terrace set of house’s

http://www.about-horwich.co.uk/horwich/Cottage_Hospital.html

http://www.about-horwich.co.uk/horwich/Cottage_Hospital.html

old and new street signs !

gate posts on Chorley new Road …

On Chorley new road there are three old houses with advertisements did you see them ?

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Red Moss Hill explore near Reebok Stadium ,Horwich (1st explore)

Posted in disused tip, fell running, Horwich, Lancashire, Nature, Old Bricks, red moss, reebok stadium with tags , , , , , , , on November 20, 2010 by jakeofwinterhill

the entrance to red moss

barrier  for stopping the  trucks

pipe -lots of these

a big slope -before we run down this

strange pipe???

top of  the hill

path back  to home you can see the mast look carefully !

Reebok stadium  –police station in front

one of the many paths on red moss hill

picking the ice from the frozen puddle
(Methane burner in the background -Dad)
Route we took

Red Moss Links
http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/109497
http://www.english-nature.org.uk/citation/citation_photo/1006538.pdf
http://www.horwich.gov.uk/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=37&Itemid=32
http://www.blackrod.org.uk/page9.html
http://www.motorwayarchive.ihtservices.co.uk/m61horpre.htm

Methane burning site
http://www.methane-stripping.com/case_studies.html

links to Horwich and Horwich Parkway
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Horwich_Parkway_railway_station
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Horwich

Links to Horwich Police station
http://www.gmp.police.uk/live/nhoodv3.nsf/index-community.html?ReadForm&Division=Bolton&Area=Bolton%20West&Community=Horwich%20West

RSPB Geltsdale, New venture drift/Howgill colliery and Forest head lime works,Cumbria

Posted in Brampton, Carlisle, Cumbria, fell running, Foggy, gairs, Kirkhouse Bricks, mine, Mine adit, Nature, Old mines, Old Quarry, underground with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 29, 2010 by jakeofwinterhill

New venture drift -wast tip

“Howgill Colliery – Another early Thompson project was the Howgill Colliery which was a drift connected to the Blacksyke Branch near Forest Head. Howgill was closed in 1880 but sections of it were worked many decades later to help boost the dwindling coal resources. In 1919 the Naworth Coal Company was again considering fresh mining activities closec to the old Howgill Colliery and the Venture drift was reopened beside the Gairs Branch south of Forest Head which entered the Howgill seam this was called the New Venture Drift. At its peak in 1923 it employed 46 below ground and 16 on the surface and finally closed in 1934”.
taken from http://www.cumbria-railways.co.uk/brampton_railway_mines.html

pipes from the mine -these are used to vent gases from tunnels

entrance to the drift mine -taken from the top of the drift entrance

we heard  water which sounded like it was from a  hollow tunnel -one of the other entrances to the drift mine!
railway cutting  to Gains colliery disused

a wall – look carefully a pipe !

a pipe to fill the water tank in the  steam trains ?

a water tank – pipe to the railway cutting  + valve found to control the water flow

a rainbow

capped mine shaft

mine waste tip

red lichen flower found on mine waste tip

forest head lime works,
very windy and wet on the ground

lime kilns

info about Lime Kiln’s

inside a lime kiln

mine ?

Railway loading bay

railway cutting disused

lime kiln waste

kirkhouse brick

RSPB Geltsdale -back at last
Weather: very wet ,windy high chill factor very strong winds which were very gusty visibility generally good  though, very tiring to be out and about on the high fells so we kept to the lowland parts , we will come back to this area.
Links to local area


Local places to shop


local photo
route

Hadrian’s wall -Once Brewed to Winshield crag,Northumberland

Posted in Hadrians wall, mine, Nature, Northumberland, winshield crag, Youth Hostel with tags , , , , , , , , , on October 28, 2010 by jakeofwinterhill

old mine

near peel   turret

near turret 39a

the wall near turret 39b on way to winshield crag

me on the wall
the trig point at winshield crag
route we took
local Links
Local YHA
Info about Hadrian’s wall trail
Winshield Crag
Winshield crag  picture

HADRIAN’S WALL – BIRDOSWALD TO GILSLAND AND BACK AGAIN

Posted in Cumbria, Gilsland, Hadrians wall, Nature, Northumberland, Roman with tags , , , , , , , on October 25, 2010 by jakeofwinterhill

spot game find the butterfly

this is a pretend castle

Roman building remain at the fort

a corner turret

a gate  into the fort at Birdoswald

a hidden tunnel  in the old bridge

the wall  near Gilsland

turret

this is a long slide in gilsland
route taken
walk based on the following web site
PDF file of walk
Local mountain rescue teams
Birdoswald site’s
http://www.slackhousefarm.co.uk/ great  place to eat and great Cheese at this place !
Gilsland sites

early morning walk at -4c where we stayed Smithfield ,Longtown,Cumbria

Posted in Cumbria, forest, Nature, smithfield with tags , , , , on October 25, 2010 by jakeofwinterhill

these are our footprints in the frost

my slippy dance which Evie joined in

it was freezing that day

we walked along the drive way

a tree stump with mushrooms and fungus on it

route we took
http://www.sanoodi.com/routes/early-morning-walk-keepers-cottage-302344/

Link to the cottage where we stayed
http://www.keepers-cottage.co.uk/

Grizedale walk-a long walk for my sister!

Posted in Coniston, Cumbria, fell running, forest, Grizedale, Insect, Lake District, Nature, sculpture, waterfalls with tags , , , , , , , , , , on September 26, 2010 by jakeofwinterhill

my family without dad who is taking the photo !

we have a long way to go

this is Evie with her new zebra hat

this is a wigwam

giant man

us on the bridge

a lovely beetle it made a funny noise!  it went like this ah ah plus vibrated at the same time  it was odd

me looking at a very noisy waterfall

me with my hat with  spikes on it

I am still a very long way from the car

oh look the sign near the car  thanks for  looking !

http://www.forestry.gov.uk/grizedalehome Forestry commissions web site


http://www.lamrt.org.uk/ Local mountain rescue team  Langdale/Ambleside Mountain Rescue Team (LAMRT)