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Photo-a-Day  (Monday, 20th May, 2024)

The Pipes, the Pipes


The Pipes, the Pipes
This is the site of the former Sand Holes which then became the Standish tip.
The pipes were fitted to allow methane to escape slowly over time.
Totally extinct now after 50 years the area is pleasantly grassed over but as you can see.
I came under attack by a swarm of horse flies.

Photo: Poet  (Lenovo TAB 2 A10-70F)
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Comment by: Gary on 20th May 2024 at 07:54

Horse flies - nasty pieces of work. Aged ten, with other children playing cricket at the back of St Joseph's church in Anderton, bitten three times by one of these. Both my legs swelled like balloons. Treated by GP for ten days to get the poison out.
The pipes are a decent bit of simple bio engineering to get the methane out. Interesting photo, Poet.

Comment by: Wigan Mick on 20th May 2024 at 08:48

They have pipes sticking up from the old land filled quarries in Parbold & Appley Bridge.
When the wind is just right you can hear them singing, it's like if you blow over the top.of a bottle.
Some of the daft locals say it's the dead quarry workers not being happy with all that Manchester rubbish being dumped in their.

Comment by: Colin Traynor on 20th May 2024 at 08:58

I don’t quite know this location but now a nice grassy field Poet.
Horse Flies, hate the things and as Gary says, when bitten you really know about it.

Comment by: good old days on 20th May 2024 at 09:01

sure they have them on the soccer dome pitches we use to call it the GANT when we were kids wigan council land fill we once found a ox off sammy seals think they were latics mascots at time but my be wrong then took them wigan baths bad mistake every kid in wigan had same idea

Comment by: Wiganmindedmon on 20th May 2024 at 09:13

I thought they were submarines.

Comment by: Sue on 20th May 2024 at 10:12

I thought they were clothes line poles for campers.

Comment by: Cyril on 20th May 2024 at 11:59

I recall seeing methane gas vent pipes at locations which at one time were refuse sites, and the old tips off Westwood Lane Ince and off Wigan Road at Leigh, and also an area of land near what became Middlebrook at Horwich all had pipes with burners at the top to burn off the methane, although practically invisible during the day the flames could be clearly seen at night. Maybe other refuse dumping sites in other areas had these gas burners too.

Comment by: Irene Roberts on 20th May 2024 at 13:44

I wouldn't have known what those pipes were, but sorry to hear you came under attack from horse-flies. Poet. I was attacked with one round Polly's Pond in Abram many years ago and managed to "bat" it away with my hand, but sadly snapped my gold chain as I did so and lost the gold cross I had had since I was at school! It flew somewhere into the long grass and, despite searching with my family, I never found it. How odd the memories that p-a-d brings!

Comment by: Pw on 20th May 2024 at 16:36

Cyril,the one on Wigan Rd sounded like a jet engine.

Comment by: PeterP on 21st May 2024 at 13:13

Clever chap who ever found Methane because in its pure form is odourless colourless and tasteless and cannot be seen with the naked eye. Methane gas piped to your house has a chemical mixed with it so you can smell gas in your house

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