Local Urban Exploration

Started by: jo anne (33394) 

A great video taking a look at the Great Haigh Sough, a mine adit built in the 17th Century, & Aspull Pumping Station (or Pit) which was built in 1871 & closed in 1932.

YouTube Video



With thanks to Naughty Mitten of Wigan Peers for the link

Started: 20th Jan 2021 at 07:53

Posted by: dougie (4607) 

Jo-Anne,--Thank you for bringing these links to my attention they have come at just the right time, with being in lock-down and nowhere to go I've had something of interest to watch over the last few hours and still a lot to go

Replied: 20th Jan 2021 at 14:46

Posted by: First Mate (219)

A welcome relief from all the covid stuff. Enjoyable viewing Ta

Replied: 20th Jan 2021 at 16:25

Posted by: tonker (23086) 

Like that ticsmon said, on t'other site, good, but some parts of it are absurd fabrication!

Replied: 20th Jan 2021 at 16:34

Posted by: Tommy Two Stroke (6597)

Could a Scooby Diver swim through it and take some pictures

Replied: 20th Jan 2021 at 18:31

Posted by: tuddy (1135)

I think Alan Davies and his team tried to explore the sough a few years ago but had to abandon it for safety reasons.

Replied: 20th Jan 2021 at 23:36

Posted by: Tommy Two Stroke (6597)

Thank you tuddy

Replied: 21st Jan 2021 at 00:26

Posted by: chris southworth (583)

It's a fairly good video compared to some of these Urban Explorers efforts. He has fairly well researched his subjects but there are some errors or maybe misunderstandings, probably due to him not being from a mining background.

Replied: 21st Jan 2021 at 09:00

Posted by: chris southworth (583)

Oh and by the way, did you hear the knocking or banging noise when he stuck his head or microphone down the inspection hatch of the shaft? On some comments on facebook sites people have speculated that something is still working down the shaft or someone is down there!!!
The knocking is actually a piling rig operating somewhere in the Aspull/Blackrod area and the sound is vibrating through the ground.

Replied: 21st Jan 2021 at 09:06

Posted by: tuddy (1135)

Hello Chris, Glad you spotted this post, I know it's within your area of expertise, but the entrance which was shown in the film is not the one which is usually associated with the Great Haigh Sough, it's usually the entrance bellow the water fall. Are they part of the same system.

Replied: 21st Jan 2021 at 20:50

Posted by: chris southworth (583)

I dunno Steve. I have never been to that end of the sough and don't know too much about it but I'll do some research.

Replied: 22nd Jan 2021 at 09:04

Posted by: PeterP (8311)

Chris I have posted on Golborne thread Tommy Ledwith (deputy) passed away .

Replied: 22nd Jan 2021 at 10:05

Posted by: tonker (23086) 

I told John Walsh about Tommy Ledwith the other day, and about Tony Haslam too, he hadn't heard about either due to stopping in so he doesn't catch covid.

Replied: 22nd Jan 2021 at 10:31

Posted by: chris southworth (583)

Aye PeterP, I knew. Seen it elsewhere. Thanks.

Replied: 23rd Jan 2021 at 08:54

Posted by: jo anne (33394) 

@pitheadbaths (23rd Jan):

Replied: 23rd Jan 2021 at 16:13

Posted by: jo anne (33394) 

Martin Zero’s next visit is to the remnants of a former Victorian chemical works in Salford. His video begins with a five minute update on the Great Haigh Sough:

YouTube Link


With thanks again to Wigan Peer’s Naughty Mitten

Replied: 28th Jan 2021 at 10:48


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