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Photo-a-Day  (Thursday, 30th October, 2008)

Yellow Brook

Yellow Brook
Haigh Plantations, where the Yellow Brook joins the River Douglas.

Photo: Harry Cunliffe  (Nikon Coolpix 7900)
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Comment by: Ernest Pyke on 30th October 2008 at 12:32

Harry, when was it yellow? This tributary is a rust colour.

Comment by: Ernest Pyke on 30th October 2008 at 13:15

Harry, I put Yellow Brook Wigan on Google & one website said it often runs yellow due to the high content of iron ore.

Comment by: Harry C. on 30th October 2008 at 13:51

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.

Comment by: zoe on 30th October 2008 at 14:05

We used always call it the yellow brok, we used play round there when i was younger, it stank to in some places

Comment by: Stew on 30th October 2008 at 20:41

For more info on the sough have a look here. www.wiganhistorysearch.co.uk and go to the underground section.

Comment by: Frederick Cunliffe on 4th January 2011 at 02:00

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.

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