Thu 31 Oct 2013
The free history booklet about the reservoir has been available
Clayton-le-Woods, Back Lane site office during the opening of
Thanks to Kingswood Homes you can now download your own copy by
clicking the image above or
Tue 29 Oct 2013
A wide view of the reservoir from
the south corner
Mon 28 Oct 2013
A link to an excellent set of
reservoir images is available on the
Flickr pages of Lyndsie Snape of Bamber Bridge.
Click the photo above
or this link.
Sat 26 Oct 2013
Being a weekend it
was exceptionally busy at the underground reservoir today.
Around mid day we had a visit from the Rt Hon Mr Lindsay Hoyle,
Chorley's M.P. and Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons.
spent time inspecting the inlet and outlet pipe work before
discussing the way the reservoir used to operate 130 years ago.
Lindsay Hoyle MP and CHAS Chair Joan Dickinson
|Lindsay Hoyle MP
and his secretary emerging from their underground visit.
A long queue to get in for most of the day! I bet Kingwood Homes
wished they were queuing to buy houses,
Allan Fearon has
made an excellent video which you should be able to view below.
Sorry, the Author has removed the video
Leyland Reservoir Clayton Le Woods
Thu 24 Oct 2013
explosion in interest in the underground reservoir has attracted
several Photographic groups to express their creative
techniques. As a member of Chorley Historical and Archaeological
Society I am required to be on site to conform to health a
safety rules. One unexpected bonus is that I can use the special
lighting effects that some groups have used. This photo was
taken while someone used burning wire wool to create a bonfire
night display without the smoke and fire hazards.
The pupils at
Manor Road Primary School, Clayton-le-Woods want to try and
preserve some of the reservoir. The only practical option would
be to remove one of the arches with the two columns at either
side and rebuild them in the school grounds. The developers
haven’t yet agreed to donate one of the arches but some of the
children are planning to write to them to ask if they can help
save a bit of our heritage.
If you think this is a good idea please write to the letters
page of the Chorley Guardian.
Tue 22 Oct 2013
less busy than Sunday but still over 600 visitors. Today was
similar with 300 counted in during the 10am to 12:30 period.
We are fortunate that Jeffrey Patrick Webb has made an excellent
video of his visit underground and published it on YouTube. You
should be able to see it in the window below.
Sun 20 Oct 2013
there were over 700 visitors. The word must have spread because
the Sunday opening was much busier with a constant stream of
visitor all through the 10am to 4pm opening period. By 4pm
around 2,000 people had visited during the day. Almost everyone
was taking pictures on their phones and tablets. It is said that
Anthony Gormley’s Angel of the North sculpture in Gateshead is
the most photographed structure in the UK. There is no doubt
that on Sunday it was the underground reservoir in
Clayton-le-Woods. And probably the highest number of photographs
taken underground anywhere in the world!
Visitors didn’t just want to see it but also wanted to know all
about its construction and how it worked. The free commemorative
booklet detailing the reservoir’s history came in very handy.
Just before opening time.
A steady stream of visitors
Sat 19 Oct 2013
opening of the Clayton / Leyland Reservoir underground tour
brought in a steady stream of visitors throughout the day.
Around 700 people turned up on day one. Thankfully they didn't
all turn up at once.
Rosemary sees inside the reservoir with the other visitors.
Fri 18 Oct 2013
During the afternoon Peter
Marshall and a BBC TV North West Tonight film crew turned up to
do some filming and interviews. The report was on TV the same
evening. I don't know how they did it so quickly.
The underground Leyland Reservoir at Clayton-le-Woods
(photographed this morning)
Build 1883 and still as good as new. Sadly soon to be
|I was in the
Clayton Leyland reservoir this morning for the first time in 33
years! The condition was just as perfect as the last time I was
Paul Ogorman of Radio Lancashire was there to do a live
Front row: Harrison Boyd and Daniell Boyd.
Back row: l to r Jenni Boyd (Mum of Daniell and Harrison), Paul
Jones of Kingswood Homes (the Developer), Rosemary Boyd (Chorley
Historical and Archaeological Society), Paul Ogorman (Radio
reservoir the group is.
L to r: Daniell Boyd, Rosemary Boyd and Harrison Boyd.
They were the first children ever to visit inside the reservoir
and called in on their way to school, so will have lots to tell
their school friends
Extra wide angle view of the
|Thu 17 Oct 2013
The construction work at Back Lane, Clayton-le-Woods is well
underway to build 14 houses on the site of the old reservoir.
Kingswood Homes have cut a hole in the north wall of the
reservoir and today a door is being fitted to allow public
access by the weekend.
Tue 08 Oct 2013
John Doughty – Folklore and Traditions in the North West
John started by
proclaiming that he is a proud northerner and unfurled the
official Lancashire Red Rose flag. He went on to state the 1974
act which created new administrative counties did not abolish
the historic counties. Lancashire, he said, was bounded by the
River Mersey in the south and River Duddon in the north.
Traditions were handed down by people, not just defined by
geographical areas, but also within families. The 2 branches of
his family both had their own particular traditions.
(CHAS Chair) and John Doughty
John took us
back to Neolithic times and the importance man placed in marking
the passing seasons and years. Celebrations within societies
evolved and John explored the connections with our own
He took us on a journey through Lancashire, Cheshire and
Derbyshire and looked at the traditional celebrations at
specific times of the year.
Easter was his starting point and with the aid of his many
photographic images he described the Britannia Coconutters in
Bacup. These morris dancers, the name stems from Moorish, have
their faces blackened up. He covered numerous Easter traditions
that all had the theme of re-birth.
Next up was All Souls Eve and the Celtic New Year and its theme
of death and resurrection. John focused on traditions in
Cheshire and connected the tales together with ditties and
rhymes. Events in Cheshire continued with May Day and Apple Oak
Day – 29th May. Fertility symbols were in abundance along with
the Green Man, Celtic god of the woods.
The tradition of well dressing was to be found in Derbyshire and
John explained its resurgence in a number of villages. John
concluded with rush carts and rush bearing and how it evolved
from an enforced time off work and into a week’s holiday for
Lancashire mill workers.
All in all his presentation took us on a whirlwind tour of
traditional celebration in the 3 counties and urged attendees to
involve the young in these traditions or else they would die
|The north wall of
the old Leyland Reservoir at Clayton-le-Woods now had the access
hole cut in it.
Sat 05th Oct 2013
Causeway Farm and Cruck framed Barn, Hoghton.
Joint visit with Chorley Historical and Archaeological Society,
Brindle Historical Society and
Yorkshire Vernacular Buildings Study Group (YVBSG)
This visit was
lead by Kevin Illingworth. The fifteenth or early sixteenth
century barn has four cruck-trusses of large scantling,
described in Pevsner (2009) as being 'truly splendid, comparable
with that at Stonyhurst' (visited recently by some
Vernacular Buildings Study Group.
The early seventeenth century, L-shaped farmhouse (dated 1728)
is built of hand-made brick with stone dressings (but in a stone
area). External features Include: two two-storey porches, front
and rear; a stair turret, not unlike a porch; a corbelled stack
on three moulded corbels; and some windows with brick mullions.
The farm is on the de Hoghton Estate (Hoghton Tower) and is not
on a public footpath; the visit is courtesy of Ray and Judith.
They put on an amazing spread of food for the group which
started with hot pot and all the trimmings then home made fruit
pies and cream. The groups donation were matched my Barclays
Bank to make an overall donation of £400 to charity.
Both buildings are listed grade
2 listed buildings, details are:
Causeway Farmhouse, Hoghton.
Causeway Farm Cruck Barn, Hoghton
Cruck Barn interior
Cruck Barn construction
Group photo in the Cruck barn
Stone door lintel and date of 1728.
The incised slanting rectangle is a mystery
|Causeway Farm cosy
Farm we moved to The Lord Nelson public house dated 1668 and the
which is dated 1699, has white-painted projecting hearts at knee
level on the stone door jambs. An unusual feature.
|Tue 01 Oct 2013
The Milestone at Gorse Close
Whittle-le-Woods has now been lifted and straightened ready to
receive the original name plate.