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The Burning Wells of Wigan

 
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Cyril



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PostPosted: Wed May 13, 2020 12:53 pm    Post subject: The Burning Wells of Wigan Reply with quote

Over on Communicate priscus mentions about the burning wells of Wigan, gaffer then mentions that there was an article in a copy of Past Forward, anyhow, here it is if anyone wants to read about those burning wells, on pages 29, 30 and 31, click on square bottom right to go to full screen.

The Burning Wells of Wigan
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Uncle Joe



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PostPosted: Sun May 17, 2020 6:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The first time that I ever heard of the Burning Wells of Wigan was when I read "The Diary of Roger Lowe of Ashton-in-Makerfield." In it, he mentions that on June 1st., 1665 he visited the one in Pemberton.

Cyril: Thanks for posting the link to the copy of Fast Forward
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Tonker



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PostPosted: Sun May 17, 2020 8:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's nothing unusual and is not unique to Wigan, or to Wigan council. Rolling Eyes
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Cyril



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PostPosted: Mon May 18, 2020 1:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It isn't and no one is saying it is and nor is it peculiar to the UK, these flames of burning gases happen the world over with folks having their own particular name for wherever they occur. Wiki tells of them:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Will-o%27-the-wisp


I've never seen any and I've never heard of anyone seeing any, though there must be plenty of this gas underground with companies wanting to extract it, so there's still a chance that they'll be seen again.
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Tonker



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PostPosted: Wed May 20, 2020 11:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm sure you're barking up the wrong tree there, Cyril ! Rolling Eyes
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Mick



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PostPosted: Wed May 20, 2020 7:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ive seen the sea on fire
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Cyril



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PostPosted: Wed May 20, 2020 9:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mick, it'd be the same gas that causes these Will 'O Wisp's, either from rotting vegetation in bogs or marshes or seeping from out of shale/coal seams, or in your case whilst on a rig and escaping under sea natural gas, though if it was off Aberdeen you saw it then it'd be Auld Spunkie.

https://www.dsl.ac.uk/entry/snd/spunkie

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Tonker



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PostPosted: Wed May 27, 2020 10:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hydrogen!
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Cyril



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PostPosted: Thu May 28, 2020 8:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

H

And not the camp bloke off Steps. Very Happy

In the film The Aeronauts the balloon was filled with a purer form of Hydrogen purchased from a gasworks so they could go higher, in reality which the film is based on in 1862, Glaisher and Coxwell ascended to 37,000 feet.

https://youtu.be/Rm4VnwCtQO8
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