Hockery Brook is diverted into these ponds and reed beds in order to remove some of the Iron. The water goes down into a sough which is to the left of this photo and is then pumped up and is diverted into the two parallel ponds and then through the reed beds. The water flows back into the brook a few metres down stream from the sough.
The work was carried out by National Coal a couple of years ago as part of the Mine Water treatment Scheme.
The Iron Bridge is the ideal location to see the general layout.
Comment by Frank Healy on 7th March 2008 at 10:06
You've answered a question Jim. I commute to Manchester 5 days a week so go past them frequently. Wondered what they were.
Comment by Ernest Pyke on 7th March 2008 at 11:52
Like Frank, I`ve often wondered what they were, when passing on the train.
Comment by Jim Latham on 7th March 2008 at 12:51
Correction--- the sough is to the RIGHT of the photo. Sorry about that.
The word Hockery is a derivation of "ochre" which is the colour produced when iron is allowed to pollute water.
Comment by stuart on 7th March 2008 at 13:28
Is that Fiddlers Ferry in the far background???
Comment by Jo Anne on 7th March 2008 at 16:18
I think so, Stuart.
Thank you for all your interesting information, Jim, and the great photo's today and yesterday, Brian :o)
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