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Lily Lane Valve/Vent?
Started by: hobofish (29) Report abuse
Does anyone know more about the metal valve that used to exist right next to the canal bridge on Lily Lane? I always thought it looked like the valve ontop of a pressure cooker and can recall it hissing occasionally as I walked past. A few year back now it was replaced by a little brick box with a grid on top that you can see here on StreetView. Just wondered if anyone knew any specifics on it? Was it venting mine works? Was it coal gas/damp gas coming out? Was it to do with Bamfurlong Colliery? And does it no longer need venting now?

Posted by: tonker (19831)   Report abuse
It might be a feeder for the canal.

Posted by: hobofish (29) Report abuse
I suppose it could be possible it was related to the canal but with it being around 20ft above the canal level I hadn't considered it! No sign of any sluice or owt by the canal there. I'd always assumed it had something to do with local mine workings.

Posted by: nightchap (298)  Report abuse
It could be something to do with the Rivington Aqueduct (Liverpool Water Corporation) which flows through Platt Bridge, roughly following (and under) Lilly Lane from the traffic lights to a few yards north of the canal bridge.

Posted by: chris southworth (565) Report abuse
Correct nightchap. That's what it is, a vent for the Rivington Aqueduct.

Posted by: Tommy Two Stroke (3307) Report abuse
It actually goes under the canal bridge and then it goes across the boggy ground at the side of Lily Lane in between the canal and railway bridges, in the form of a raised up metal pipe, which I used to walk across as a yung un in the 1960's

Around Bamfurlong back then, there was all-sorts of derelict industrial crap, left over from the Bamfurlong and Mains Collieries, over the years they have done a good job with the landscaping on those sites

Posted by: uncle joe (650) Report abuse
Tommy, do you remember the name of the lad that drowned in one of the swimming places on the Bamfurlong side of the canal? This would be in the '60's.

Posted by: priscus (7267) Report abuse

Posted by: Tommy Two Stroke (3307) Report abuse
Uncle Joe

I remember it happening and the surname 'cook' rings a bell, but I am not sure.

Posted by: uncle joe (650) Report abuse
Thanks for that Tommy. I remember it happening as well, but not his name.

There was a family called Cook living in the terraced houses near Kintbury Street on the same side as the school. If they had a son or not I have no idea.

Posted by: Tommy Two Stroke (3307) Report abuse
Yes that is 'cooks' I was thinking of and one of the girls was called Janet, they lived like you say in the terraced houses opposite the bungalows and where the post office was located back then....

Posted by: uncle joe (650) Report abuse
Was it Janet or April? I seem to remember the latter, and she mated at one time with someone called Janet. A red haired girl. The last time I saw her she was living in Arthur Smalleys row.

Tommy, I'm guessing we must know each other.

Posted by: Tommy Two Stroke (3307) Report abuse
I think she did have a sister, where abouts in Bamfurlong did you live.

Posted by: uncle joe (650) Report abuse
In Bryngates, next door to Harry Boulton.

Posted by: Tommy Two Stroke (3307) Report abuse
I don't think I know you, we moved when I was 11 we lived in one of the bungalows opposite the school..

Posted by: uncle joe (650) Report abuse
The one the Crinnigans bought?

Posted by: Tommy Two Stroke (3307) Report abuse
No,, but the people we sold it too were not there that long and as I understand it, the people who bought it from them, which would have been circa 1972 are still there today, but I don't know their name.


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