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Photo-a-Day  (Sunday, 29th December, 2013)


Wall Hey Pit Furnace Ventilation Chimney, off Haigh Road.

Photo: Brian  (Sony Cybershot DSC-H200)
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Comment by: Mick on 29th December 2013 at 08:43

Theres a video here of the Wall Hey Pit Furnace Ventilation Chimney with pigeons on it.


Comment by: alan lad on 29th December 2013 at 09:33

I like this one.

Comment by: peterp on 29th December 2013 at 09:42

Amazing to think that mines where ventilated by the updraft created of a large furnace near to the bottom of a mine shaft

Comment by: kath on 29th December 2013 at 09:44

a nice reminder of times gone by. it's a good view from there too!

Comment by: Lizzie down under on 29th December 2013 at 09:53

Beautiful cloud structure Brian.....not that amazed with the chimney...but all part of the pic.....cheers!!!

Comment by: Scholes Malc on 29th December 2013 at 09:57

is this a listed building and what was its purpose?

Comment by: Mick on 29th December 2013 at 10:39

Scholes Malc its purpose is to be an eyesore for the residents who live nearby in them nice houses.

Comment by: Neil Rigby on 29th December 2013 at 11:04

Scholes Mac: Listing Info at:-

Pit Furnace Ventilation info at:-

Comment by: Pepsi on 29th December 2013 at 11:50

Mick certainly not an eyesore just a reminder of days gone by. I used to pass this every day on my to school in the 70's I hope it stays there for many years.

Comment by: john on 29th December 2013 at 11:58

when I was a kid tankers used to pump waste into through the steel hatch you can see on a dailey bases , what it was no one knows ??? The ventilation chimney and shaft are now owend and have been for some years by the Ainscough,s of Ainscoughs cranes . why would they want to buy an old pit shaft ?? Any one know ?

Comment by: Loz on 29th December 2013 at 17:19

The tankers came from Thomas Witters at Chorley, so I was told by a local farmer. This furnace pit ventilated the Crawford Pits at Aspull (near St David's Crecsent). New houses now occupy the area. The pit became redundant when a ventilation fan was installed at Dairy Pit.

Comment by: Art on 30th December 2013 at 01:05

The fire was in the firedrift at the top of the shaft, not the bottom.

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