Clayton Le Woods Reservoir in Lancashire

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Clayton Le Woods  Victorian Reservoir in Lancashire

Yesterday we had the rare chance to see one of the oldest underground brick vaulted reservoirs in Lancashire. Built in 1884 to provide clean water to Leyland, the reservoir was the main source of water up until the 1940’s when a larger one was built to service the expanding local population.

Interestingly because the water was being drawn from deep underground it contained high levels of minerals which made the water “hard”. The hard water required higher levels of soap and caused a calcium build up within the pipes of steam engines and boilers which became a headache for the local industry.  Local folks initially started collecting the softer rain water for wash day, but soon a new local source of softer was found and water supply was switched over on Sunday night in time for the Monday Wash day.

The reservoir is now due to be demolished later this week for a new housing development by Kingswood Homes, who very kindly are allowing public access with the help of Chorley Historical and Archaeology Society. A booklet has also been produced which includes an extract from the Preston Guardian dated 4th August 1883 which lists the engineers who built it, the designers Mr William Wrenall of Liverpool and the notable guests who inspected the works all those years ago.

Clayton Le Woods Reservoir

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Clayton Le Woods  Victorian Reservoir in Lancashire

Yesterday we had the rare chance to see one of the oldest underground brick vaulted reservoirs in Lancashire. Built in 1884 to provide clean water to Leyland, the reservoir was the main source of water up until the 1940’s when a larger one was built to service the expanding local population.

Interestingly because the water was being drawn from deep underground it contained high levels of minerals which made the water “hard”. The hard water required higher levels of soap and caused a calcium build up within the pipes of steam engines and boilers which became a headache for the local industry.  Local folks initially started collecting the softer rain water for wash day, but soon a new local source of softer was found and water supply was switched over on Sunday night in time for the Monday Wash day.

The reservoir is now due to be demolished later this week for a new housing development by Kingswood Homes, who very kindly are allowing public access with the help of Chorley Historical and Archaeology Society. A booklet has also been produced which includes an extract from the Preston Guardian dated 4th August 1883 which lists the engineers who built it, the designers Mr William Wrenall of Liverpool and the notable guests who inspected the works all those years ago.

Salford Quay’s Cranes

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Goodbye Historic Salford Quay’s Cranes

Said my goodbyes today to the Salford Quay Cranes, these familiar Salford landmarks are to be pulled down this weekend. How sad is it when so much money is being spent on this area that the last historic beacons that touched the lives of so many local people are no longer wanted ?

http://www.salfordstar.com/article.asp?id=2007

George Kensey Worked on the Docks

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A small tribute to some of the many Salford and Manchester Men who worked at Salfords Docks in the boom years of the Manchester Ship Canal. Here thousands would load and unload ships that had travelled the 36 miles inland from Liverpool.

The monument is part of the irwell Valley sculpture trail and  represents the dockers Union Cards, each one featuring a image of the workers.

Being from Manchester and interested in Local History and Photography,  it is important that we all photograph our shared history as sometimes you blink and it has gone forever.