Please check out Oct 2013 for
about Leyland / Clayton Reservoir
Fri 29 Nov 2013
Unfortunately the video has been removed by the author
Here is a
fascinating 6min video compiled from still photographs taken in the
reservoir along with the Radio Lancashire interview
soundtrack when Rosemary and Boyd were interviewed by Paul Ogorman. The lady who put it all together is a member of Nelson
Thu 28 Nov 2013
gave one of her performances at the Hollinshead United Reformed
Church, Chorley. Lizzie no longer does her traditional
historical monologues of ladies from history. Although she was
dressed in 17th century costume she described the lives of two
ladies from history. One was Lady Anne Clifford (1590–1676) who
was born at Skipton Castle and died at Brougham Castle near
Penrth. The other was Anne Murray (1623–1699) or Lady Halkett.
Both women had the same first name and also kept diaries. After
that they had little in common. Anne Clifford is still well
known due her struggle to regain her inheritance but few have
heard of Lady Halkett, and that’s the way she would have wanted
Lady Anne Clifford (1590–1676)
Thu 28 Nov 2013
This morning I
visited the site of the old Leyland Reservoir at Back Lane,
Clayton-le-Woods. Most of the brick structure has now been
demolished and crushed. It was a very sad moment taking the
photos as I still remember the structural beauty of the
underground vaulted brick arches. At least they’ve been recorded
photographically before being demolished.
Tue 26 Nov 2013
Underground Reservoir at Back Lane, Clayton-le-Woods is now just
a memory. During previous weeks it has been demolished. We had
hoped to save one of the internal brick arches and rebuild it
nearby but the structure crumbled while trying to get it out in
sizes big enough to rebuild. However a large number of bricks
were recovered and it is proposed to offer these for sale as a
memento of the reservoir. All money received will go to charity.
It was possible to save several of the coping stones that capped
the support arches and Kingswood Homes have donated these for
use in a small memorial garden area in nearby Manor Road Primary
School. They are also prepared to use their design team to come
up with a suitable layout. The construction of the garden will
have to be funded separately and this part of the project has
not yet been finalised.
Gone but not forgotten.
Mon 25 Nov 2013
VICTORIAN RESERVOIR CLAYTON-le-WOODS
Open to the public by courtesy of Kingswood Builders
Southport, for viewing
From 19th October – 3rd November 2013. ( 16 days) before
firstly and foremost to Rosemary Boyd who began the ‘save the
reservoir’ campaign about 3 years ago, along with the children
and staff from Manor Road Primary School, Clayton-le-Woods.
Supported along the way by Boyd Harris with his previous
knowledge and history of the reservoir, and with the practical
support and enthusiasm of the members of Chorley Historical &
15,000 brochures, defining the history of the reservoir,
compiled mainly by Boyd on behalf of C.H.A.S. (Chorley
Historical and Archaeological Society) and printed, free of
charge, by Kingswood builders, were distributed over the 16
Approximately 20,000 visitors visited over the period, including
various photo shoots, fashion, bridal and hall’o’ween, a ukulele
player, a singer and a quartet, who played music from the 1880s,
when the reservoir was built.
Some were visiting groups who came along, and ordinary members
of the public with their babies, children and pets to view the
wonderful engineering features, and learn the history of the
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people from all over the North West, Scotland, Wales and other
parts of Britain.
Thank you to all C.H.A.S. members who spent numerous hours
manning the entrance, showing visitors around ,explaining the
history and helping with their enquiries
Further details to follow regarding the possible saving of some
of the features from the reservoir and the uses, and sum of
donations etc. to be shared between Derian House and Christies .
Sincere thanks to all.
Mon 04 Nov 2013
This film is a
bit different. It was made by Gary Cunliffe of
Sun 03 Nov 2013
Last one out
turn the lights off.
This afternoon the underground reservoir at Back Lane,
Clayton-le-Woods was closed
to the public for the last time at 4pm.
Sat 02 Nov 2013
Oishala performing underground in the reservoir. see below for
Oishala performing underground.
This morning Oishala,
a group of local musicians, used the venue for a unique
Fri 01 Nov 2013
Leyland/Clayton underground reservoir guide duty all day, or
until my voice gives up. A group of models, photographers and
portable lights arrived during the day. It gave me the
opportunity to use their set up. Many Photographic groups have
used the location for special creative photo sessions.