Nice light in this photo Edward. Good shot. Does anyone know where the name Red Rock came from - any particular story behind it?
Comment by MIKE NZ on 25th November 2012 at 09:25
great photo but at the moment were are getting fantastic sunrise and sun sets over here
Comment by Rev David Long on 25th November 2012 at 10:58
Janice - the name is usually associated with a red sandstone outcrop - there was a Red Brow in my home village of Kirkby, where the underlying sandstone was red. But Wigan is built on the yellow Sherdley sandstone, so it's unlikely to be that. Perhaps there was an outcrop of iron ore thereabouts, which leached red onto the stone.
Comment by Ernest Pyke on 25th November 2012 at 11:18
Janice, refer to :-
See my comment at 19:48 of 23rd Nov. on my P-a-D 18th Nov., re canal boat trips on Kittywake.
Comment by JDH on 25th November 2012 at 11:23
Comment by Mick on 25th November 2012 at 12:10
Ernest Just looked at the Wiganmans website and it says the streams in Wigan also run red and yellow with iron.
This why Calico wood is called Calico wood after the yellow stream.
Comment by Nev on 25th November 2012 at 12:20
Red sandstone is present in the area, and accompanied local shallow coal measures. There are remains of two quarries, one in Sandstone Wood off School Lane, and one off Red Rock Lane. Rev David is correct about the iron ore causing red staining in the stone, but is definitely sandstone. All the stone was worked out years ago.
Comment by francis worthington (Beverley rd marsh green) on 25th November 2012 at 19:09
I'm looking to get in touch with Sean Gibney (of march green). He attended St Thomas Moor school ,left in 1§970/71. Haven't seen him since September 1978. does anyone know him and where he can be contacted?
Comment by Janice on 25th November 2012 at 20:08
Thank you for the information and links Gentlemen. All very interesting.
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