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Started by: MarieM (5475) Report abuse
I have asked this before but I cannot find the post. Does anyone know where the name POOLSTOCK came from.

Posted by: FAT MICK (184) Report abuse
It comes from the road leading to Marus Bridge and Goose Green

Posted by: priscus (7438) Report abuse
There are so many possibilities with such a name, aren't there.

I hope someone finds some interesting answers for you. I have no idea how you might establish their veracity though.

Posted by: MarieM (5475) Report abuse
Mick, I am sorry, I meant to say does anyone know where the name of Poolstock was derived from.
Thanks[priscus for your reply.

Posted by: lectriclegs (3756) Report abuse
You did say/type "Does anyone know where the name POOLSTOCK came from" ,Marie.

I think Fat Mick was trying to be clever (and failed miserably) as usual.

Good luck with your quest.

Posted by: macwil48 (318) Report abuse
I wonder if it came from the stock pools (reservoirs) used to maintain the water level in the canal.

Posted by: bentlegs (4406) Report abuse
Or could it have had stocks to punish bad lads,It may be recorded in the history shop.

Posted by: priscus (7438) Report abuse
It is not far from The Parliamentary Ditch, is it. It is always possible that there had been some form of stockade.

The true nature of the ditch has been questioned, however, it is on record that in the area defences were ordered to be hurriedly constructed. ie some form of stockade.

see 9/36, here.

Posted by: tonker (19982)   Report abuse
Does anyone know where the name of anything came from?

Posted by: fred mason (2811)   Report abuse
I believe macwil48 has the answer, as these pools/reservoirs were often built to supply the water for the canals. The only thing I wonder about though is that the flashes there, are lower than the canal and I have not seen any pumping units nearby.

Posted by: priscus (7438) Report abuse
The flashes are of more recent origin: Pearson's workings causing subsidence.

You would need to supply the canal water at the TOP of the Wigan Flight Locks, not at the bottom, which is adequately supplied by the water released as boats traverse the locks!

Posted by: spudmagoo (1158) Report abuse
I read in a book of old English place names that it came from the old English pulestoke meaning place of water. Hope this helps.

Posted by: MarieM (5475) Report abuse

Thank you so much for your response.


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