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Photo-a-Day  (Saturday, 19th August, 2017)

Slag Heap

Slag Heap
Slag Heap in Hindley.

Photo: Mick Byrne  (Panasonic TZ100)
Views: 3,178

Comment by: Owdkewyed on 19th August 2017 at 00:04

A rare sight these days, I remember one in Owfen that they set fire to and it burned for years until it was all red shale and then they carted it away.

Comment by: Phil T on 19th August 2017 at 00:14

Timeless photograph we'll look back at this in 50 years and really appreciate it, ha ha. ;-)

Comment by: Mary on 19th August 2017 at 00:39

What again?

Comment by: . Ozymandias . on 19th August 2017 at 00:54

I'd have sworn this was taken at Billinge. Is that a Cree light you've got on the front of the bike Mick? Those rascals are brighter than a car headlight on full beam.

Comment by: Alan (on Vancouver Island) on 19th August 2017 at 01:15

Interesting. We don't have those on the Island.

Comment by: Elizabeth on 19th August 2017 at 08:01

Is this down Park Road,to the left of the old Grammar School playing field?I can't think of any other slag heaps that are still around.

Comment by: Pw on 19th August 2017 at 08:47

It looks like the one near the Deep pit off Ladies Lane, a real slag heap,not a pit ruck

Comment by: Gary Leece on 19th August 2017 at 09:50

This one takes me back, as a child walking down Hall Lane from Aspull, right, through the gap between Calais and California workings with Woodshaw (Wutchie) beyond.
From the top of Calais, looking south, the view of "Hindley Mountains" as I used to call them.
Small housing estates now cover Calais and California, Wutchie was planted with trees.
Still look down that way when I make the annual trip to St Elizabeth's church yard.

Comment by: Mick on 19th August 2017 at 10:07

The light works off a dynamo in the hub of the front wheel Ozy, yes it is bright.
Yes its down Park road.


Its super on the top for riding ones bike

Comment by: Pw on 19th August 2017 at 10:19

I think you are right Elizabeth,years since I have been there,don't remember all those trees

Comment by: Elizabeth on 19th August 2017 at 20:20

Thanks for replies. Been down Park Road today but as you say, there are a lot more trees now.

Comment by: alan wink on 20th August 2017 at 15:36

You don't know how fortunate you are then (ALAN VANCOUVER ISLAND) We were brought up wi um!

Comment by: Pw on 20th August 2017 at 17:21

Mick, I do agree with you about riding a bike on these rucks.It must be over 55 years ago that I rode my by bike over the the well established bike track.There was another one between Liverpool Road and Wigan Road in Hindley that had a similar track.The one on your photo is due to be flattened in the next few years to build houses.I hope kids still use it.It is perhaps one of the last pit rucks in Hindley.

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