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Photo-a-Day  (Thursday, 18th September, 2014)

'Pepperpot' airshaft


'Pepperpot' airshaft
Upholland.

Photo: Neil Cain  (Panasonic DMC-TZ9)
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Comment by: Mick on 18th September 2014 at 00:01

Ive never come across this on my travels

Comment by: Ellen on 18th September 2014 at 01:42

whereabouts in Upholland Neil?
-Is this from the railway tunnel?

Comment by: Garry on 18th September 2014 at 08:15

Mick, you'll not do, it's not Wigan.

Comment by: Anne on 18th September 2014 at 08:39

I think they are shafts for the line going underground between Orrell and Upholland rail stations. I used to live quite close to them.

Comment by: Anne on 18th September 2014 at 09:08

I think there were at least three maybe four.

Comment by: Roy on 18th September 2014 at 09:10

They are over the tunnel between Orrell and Upholland railway stations aren't they Neil? Sounds like Wigan to me Garry, WN8 or 5 maybe, probably a part of what is called Wigan Urban Area. Don't come the old soldier about 'it being Lancs' as i've said before, Wigan is in Lancs, never mind what they in Westminster tell you.

Comment by: A.W. on 18th September 2014 at 09:55

Garry, actually in historical terms UpHolland is Wigan. The "pepperpots" are the ventilation shafts for UpHolland tunnel that runs between Orrell and UpHolland stations on the old L&Y line, (Wigan Wallgate to Liverpool)

Comment by: Thomas(Tom)Walsh. on 18th September 2014 at 11:20

Neil, an interesting subject,who is responsible for maintenance of such structures, now that the NCB has been disbanded .Is there a rump company still in public hands that attend to matters like this, subsidence, and other problems that will be with us for many years to come.

Comment by: truwigana on 18th September 2014 at 11:56

sure tweedle dee and tweedle dum will have something negative to say about this one

Comment by: Neil Cain on 18th September 2014 at 13:41

Yes they are above the Upholland railway tunnel. I wouldn't think this would be NCB Tom, they are railway structures.Some look a bit the worse for wear now.Most things of a mining nature I come across say 'Coal Authority' on them.

Comment by: Garry on 18th September 2014 at 16:49

Have you anything to say on this subject truwigana, I thought not.
Skelmersdale has a Wigan post code. But isn't that Merseyside.

Comment by: irene roberts on 18th September 2014 at 19:42

A very interesting photo, Neil. Thankyou for sharing it with us all in Wigan, Lancashire. As for the boundaries, I have never lived in Greater Manchester and I never will. Westminster would have us saying "Lunch" instead of "Dinner" if we took any gorm of them, but we don't!

Comment by: truwigana on 18th September 2014 at 23:13

did i mention you Garry :)

Comment by: Helen on 19th September 2014 at 08:05

My son lives near Littleborough, referred to as Greater Manchester...I looked it up & it's Lancashire, so that what I write on any post I send. Wigan is also in Lancashire in my book.
Interesting photo.

Comment by: Garry on 19th September 2014 at 08:26

I'm speaking for everyone!

Comment by: A.W. on 19th September 2014 at 10:01

Garry, Lancashire as in the County Palatine was never abolished so Wigan, UpHolland, Skelmersdale and anywhere that came under the County Palatine is still in Lancashire.

Comment by: Jemmy on 19th September 2014 at 14:18

Spot-on, A.W.

Comment by: Garry on 19th September 2014 at 16:18

Yes West-Lancs. thanks AW.

Comment by: Mr T on 19th September 2014 at 19:57

Very very surprised that Mr Tonks is not all over this one!! ;)

Comment by: Kal on 27th September 2014 at 00:42

Mr T, Thought it was just me thinking this.

Comment by: jack on 21st January 2015 at 15:52

Live right by these. Walk to the top of lawns avenue, across the field and through the gate up the dirt path. You can see the pepper pots on the walk from there to the brickworks. If you're feeling really adventurous you can take the up and down steps to billing hill!

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