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Photo-a-Day  (Saturday, 11th June, 2016)

Air shaft

Air shaft
Haigh Road, Aspull,

Photo: Ron Dawber  (Canon power-shot)
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Comment by: Vb on 11th June 2016 at 09:05

A lovely picture -have often wondered what the shaft was for.

Comment by: Neil Cain on 11th June 2016 at 11:13

Nicely framed view Ron. Vb Wall Hey chimney acted as a ventilator for nearby pits such as Heathfield. Wall Hey Pit itself was in operation by the 1840s and closed sometime about 1870 from what I can gather.

Comment by: joe graney on 11th June 2016 at 15:54

great picture walked passed there many times.

Comment by: fred foster on 11th June 2016 at 19:41

I always thought that these square chimneys were furnace shafts. There would be a furnace at the bottom which would draw the air down the downcast shaft and up the heated furnace shaft. A primitive ventilation system, but obviously dangerous, in case of gas

Comment by: Ken R on 11th June 2016 at 21:23

Belter Ron, nay that's a gradly ventilation shaft.

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