Photo-a-Day (Thursday, 30th October, 2008)
Photo: Harry Cunliffe (Nikon Coolpix 7900)
Harry, when was it yellow? This tributary is a rust colour.
Harry, I put Yellow Brook Wigan on Google & one website said it often runs yellow due to the high content of iron ore.
Cheers Earnest, it's been called the Yellow Brook since I was in short pants, and before. If you follow it upstream, there are a series of small waterfalls, if you go higher you will come to Aspull Sough (suff). from which it feeds.
We used always call it the yellow brok, we used play round there when i was younger, it stank to in some places
For more info on the sough have a look here. www.wiganhistorysearch.co.uk and go to the underground section.
The ocre coloured water is due to the fact that it is drainage from 'The great sough',a long tunnel built to drain the old coal mines of the Haigh and Aspull areas.An engineering masterpiece in its day.