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By M_squared
Pit tubs.
Elnup Wood, Shevington, Wigan.

The woodland has reclaimed ancient industrial scarring. This steep-sided, narrow valley, so typical of the area, was used by a tramway taking coal from the pits at the northern end of the village down to the River Douglas for transportation to the Ribble Estuary and then onwards. From c1781 its terminus changed from the river to the new Leeds-Liverpool Canal which ran parallel to the river. These tubs were found buried under landslip when more recent work was being done to tidy up the site. They were renovated and set up as an exhibit in the wood.

Tags: General Wigan Lancs Wildlife and nature Industrial heritage Shevington Pit tubs Elnup Wood

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17 Dec 2020 10:11AM
Excellent find Malcolm,
17 Dec 2020 10:14AM
I love these photos Malcolm and I think you have unearthed a rich vein of interesting history.
When I was a boy Wigan RLFC were nicknamed 'The Colliers' (polite nickname) but that seemed to disappear possibly during the 70s or 80s and no-one seems to have heard of it now. They are now called 'The Riversiders' which makes Wigan sound like Henley on Thames. Widnes were 'The Chemics' and Warrington 'The Wire': they still are. Seems like a lost history so your photographs are to be treasured.
Oh yes, the impolite nickname, 'pie eating b.......'
Please keep them coming.
dales Plus
6 13 Australia
17 Dec 2020 10:24AM
Interesting historical location Malcolm , well captured
James124 Plus
7 50 51 Portugal
17 Dec 2020 10:34AM
Fascinating bit of industrial history.
BillRookery 6 2 4 England
17 Dec 2020 1:46PM
Great image
IamDora 1 6 Canada
17 Dec 2020 1:55PM
Amazing how we come in, scar the earth and then walk away leaving all of our junk behind, leaving it to nature to hide our indiscretions. - and now we're doing it in space as well. Some very nice documentary work.
17 Dec 2020 3:11PM
Interesting story and great to view, Malcolm.SmileSmile
17 Dec 2020 4:54PM
I wonder how many tons of coal those tubs have carried.
A fine capture and interesting bit of history, Malcolm.


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