Field walk around Anglezarke
We met at the Knowsley
Embankment on the Anglezarke Reservoir for our historical field walk.
Joan lead the walk which commenced by following the path north above the
reservoir side to the site of the old settlement of Haddock Fold. All
remains of the houses have long since gone but the site was fully
occupied before the reservoir was built. There were also 2 colliery
shafts in the area. We joined the road and continued north passing Loo
cottages, names after the battle of Waterloo. We followed the lane to
the right and passed Kays Farm then continued along Heapey Fold Lane which is
reputed to be the line of the old Roman Road heading towards Mellor
A wonderful carpet of bluebells on the
Anglezarke Reservoir northern embankment.
Group rest by Anglezarke Reservoir.
In the field to left we could see a circular
stone structure. This is one of two air shafts on the original water
supply tunnel for the Chorley Waterworks constructed in the 1850s. This
tunnel collapsed in 1976, see below for more information. Descending through the woods we re-joined the road near
the Waterman’s Cottage then along the path to Hugh Bullough Reservoir.
This was originally called Chorley Reservoir and was the first to be
constructed in the 1850s. It provided water for Chorley town up to the
1980s. We then passed the site of Leicester Mill quarries which are now
overgrown and no trace of the original buildings can be seen. A short
walk along the reservoir east bank and we returned to our starting
point. With nice weather and lots of interesting things to be seen this
was a very enjoyable walk.
Chorley water supply
In 1976 a large
depression appeared in the field on the line of the Chorley tunnel near
the west bank of the Anglezarke Reservoir. At the same time the water
coming from the Chorley tunnel and discharging into the reservoir turned
from clear water into a muddy slurry. Further investigation was needed
urgently. A mechanical excavator was brought in and the depression was
excavated. As the hole became too deep to shore up a specialist firm was
brought in to sink a vertical shaft. Several metres down the old stone
tunnel was found to have collapsed. A temporary repair was done by
sliding pipes up either end and capping the shaft. The tunnel was not
needed for much longer as the new Lancashire Conjunctive Use pipeline
would provide water for Chorley and make the tunnel redundant.
The water supply tunnel in a state of
The shaft is sunk in the bottom of the
Looking down the shaft.
Spring meeting of the C.B.A.
(Council for British Archaeology) NW Regional Group
held at Lancaster Grammar School
The spring meeting of the
C.B.A. (Council for British Archaeology) NW Regional Group was held at
Lancaster Grammar School, Lancaster on Saturday 12th May 2007. There was
a full and varied programme of presentations through the day which
commenced with Neil Thompson of Wyre Archaeology Group speaking about
the work they have been doing in the Nateby area, which is about 1.5
miles SW of Garstang. Aerial photos revealed many shapes in the
landscape and excavations revealed what seemed to be ‘pile settlements’
or man made islands. Neil is booked to give this presentation to Chorley
Historical Society in Jan 2008.
Roman tablet found in Lancaster
David Shotter (4th from left) explains
the Romans in Lancaster.
David Morris of Pendle Heritage Archaeology
Group gave a fascinating presentation on the Vaccaries of Blackburn
Hundred. Vaccaries were small-scale commercial cattle farms dating from
After the presentations we walked across Lancaster to the Castle and
Castle Hill where David Shotter gave us a great conducted tour of the
Roman remains and their presence in the County.
the Director of Oxford Archaeology North, based in
came to give us her presentation about the recent discovery
and excavation of a Viking burial site in Cumbria.
The story is almost
‘text-book’ In 2004 Peter and George, two metal detectorists found what
turned out to be a copper alloy brooch near Cumwhitton, Carlisle,
Cumbria. When the Archaeologists became involved the site turned out to
be of extreme importance, it was a Viking burial ground.
The two copper alloy brooches
A sword and beads are visible in
this photograph of one of the graves.
English heritage funded
an emergency excavation which happened just in time as the farmer was
about to ‘deep plough’ the field. It turned out to be an early 10th
century group of 6 graves; 2 female and 4 male. The top part of the site
had already been destroyed but a strata of about 250mm remained and it
is amazing that all the finds came from such a thin slice of ground.