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go take a last look

Started by: tomplum (12203) 

at the fiddlers ferry Cooling towers because, Starting at the end of January 2024 they are being demolished,
come take a bike ride with me to them

down they will go

Started: 16th Sep 2023 at 14:23
Last edited by tomplum: 16th Sep 2023 at 14:25:12

Posted by: PeterP (11119)

You could get a good view from Billinge Road

Replied: 16th Sep 2023 at 17:10

Posted by: tomplum (12203) 

You would indeed Peter, I had a ringside seat when the Westwood towers came down and i heard, the worsley mesnes high rise flats wobbled with the blast shock wave,,
I wonder what they will build on the site ?

Replied: 16th Sep 2023 at 21:16

Posted by: PeterP (11119)

The total site must cover a few acres, It will be a few years before it is fit to use for anything.

Replied: 17th Sep 2023 at 08:05

Posted by: riocaroni (670)

My father in law did some of the scaffolding on fiddlers ferry towers.

Replied: 17th Sep 2023 at 12:32

Posted by: jo anne (34699) 

TomPlum, the demolition of the cooling towers has now been set as 3rd Dec - it’ll be a momentous day!

www.warringtonguardian.co.uk

Replied: 18th Oct 2023 at 20:41

Posted by: tomplum (12203) 

Thanks for that Jo anne , I wonder how close I'll be able to get, I bet the fiddlers ferry pub will do a special Sunday Lunch, Bangers n Smash or Minced Towers with Peys,,

Replied: 18th Oct 2023 at 21:28

Posted by: Tommy Two Stroke (15082)

That date doesn't sound right, it is too soon.

Replied: 19th Oct 2023 at 19:09

Posted by: tonker (27764) 

Tom, I don't think you'd see the power station from the Fiddler's Ferry pub?

Replied: 19th Oct 2023 at 19:23

Posted by: tomplum (12203) 

You can clearly see the towers from there Tonks and I'm assuming they will cut off the path passed them there because the towers are roughly a mile away from the pub from the Warrington side and from the Widnes side, they will close a good amount of industrial sites and roads unless they make another Fred Dibnar to take them down brick by brick

Replied: 19th Oct 2023 at 22:47

Posted by: First Mate (2257)

When it's gone it's gone

Westwood

Replied: 19th Oct 2023 at 23:17

Posted by: noddy2 (301) 

More than a few acres large coal stocking ground behind the station beyond that large ponds and fly ash tip borders on the river mersey .

Replied: 20th Oct 2023 at 15:35

Posted by: jo anne (34699) 

Update on demolition of Fiddler's Ferry from Penketh councillor: www.warringtonguardian.co.uk (9/11/23)

Replied: 10th Nov 2023 at 16:22

Posted by: Tommy Two Stroke (15082)

Replied: 29th Nov 2023 at 17:33

Posted by: jo anne (34699) 

Hopefully there’ll be a live stream tomorrow:

clients.skyrevolutions.co.uk/fiddlers-ferry-power-station/

Replied: 2nd Dec 2023 at 19:13

Posted by: tomplum (12203) 

I was going to do the journey off road down the Sankey valley and the trans Pennine way but, not in this weather, Brrrrrr

Replied: 2nd Dec 2023 at 21:10

Posted by: mollie m (6986) 

It is sad to see all those old cooling towers to be blasted out of existence.

Such an unusual shape, built out of concrete, in the hyperbolic paraboloid shape. A feat of engineering. I once looked them up to see how they were constructed, and that's how I found out the shape, but too much engineering jargon for me to really understand.

Replied: 2nd Dec 2023 at 21:36

Posted by: tomplum (12203) 

I totally agree Mollie, All the construction and materials going to waste, With a bit of thought and imaginative thinking out of the box, they could home thousands of immigrants inside,,,

Replied: 2nd Dec 2023 at 21:54

Posted by: jo anne (34699) 

It is sad to see them go.

The live feed doesn’t seem to be working, Warrington Guardian has live updates: here

Replied: 3rd Dec 2023 at 08:53

Posted by: jo anne (34699) 

They’re gone! I’m sure I heard the blast in Ince?

Replied: 3rd Dec 2023 at 09:39

Posted by: Tommy Two Stroke (15082)

Jo Anne

I heard it too, and after playing back the demolition on Facebook, that sound I heard is definitely the sound of the explosion, because between Wigan and Fiddlers Ferry the terrain is flat, so there is nothing to block the sound, but I don't think they could have had worse weather for watching them come down

If Tom went, I think he might have had a wasted journey

The other four towers have yet to be demolished though, I don't know on what date those are coming down.

Replied: 3rd Dec 2023 at 11:43

Posted by: Tommy Two Stroke (15082)

Jo Anne

I heard it too, and after playing back the demolition on Facebook, that sound I heard is definitely the sound of the explosion, because between Wigan and Fiddlers Ferry the terrain is flat, so there is nothing to block the sound, but I don't think they could have had worse weather for watching them come down

If Tom went, I think he might have had a wasted journey

The other four towers have yet to be demolished though, I don't know on what date those are coming down.

Replied: 3rd Dec 2023 at 11:43

Posted by: tomplum (12203) 

No Tommy, I stayed at home clearing snow off my drive,

Replied: 3rd Dec 2023 at 12:10

Posted by: tomplum (12203) 

I revisited Fiddlers ferry to see what stands and what fell

the nearest to the sea lived and the ones North of the plant fell

Replied: 12th Jan 2024 at 19:20

 

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