This is the coal mines ventilation shaft tower in Haigh Road, Aspull Village, Wigan with snow covered Rivington in the background and the TV transmitter mast just above the clouds.
Comment by Fred Mason on 13th March 2010 at 00:34
Very interesting photo, David. I wonder how many more are still around. I presume it is abandonded.
Comment by john on 13th March 2010 at 06:44
when we were kids at the old our ladys school next to the tower in 1968 1970 a blue tanker used to drive up to the tower at least 4-5 times a day and pump stuff down it through the steel hatch you can see on the side .
any one know what it was that was pumped down the shaft ????
Comment by Cyril on 13th March 2010 at 09:32
Is this still known locally as t'mons heet, or am I thinking of something else?
Comment by Cyril on 13th March 2010 at 11:16
John that would likely to have been sludge that was being pumped down there, sludge is the semi-solid material left over from sewage treatment processes. Tanker drivers were paid the disposal fee for this to be dumped at appointed sites, but some drivers pocketed this fee and just dumped the sludge anywhere they could, I can remember a bloke in a blue tanker dumping his loads of sludge regularly at a tip at Martland Mill in the sixties.
Comment by David Barker on 13th March 2010 at 16:04
Yes its abandoned now and sealed off Fred. Not heard it called that Cyril, and i live in the village.
Thanks for your comments.
Comment by Ken . com on 13th March 2010 at 20:03
cant see any budgies yellow or any other colour
Comment by Ken R on 14th March 2010 at 00:07
That has been there for many years, do you know when it was built? I know that it was a vent shaft for the local mines, as the Pumping Pit was a de-watering shaft for the same local mines. I used to go down to the Pumping Pit and look down the shaft through some spaces in the top baulkes of timber that were covering the shaft, at one time we had a fire going nearby and decided to drop the pieces of flaming railway sleepers down the shaft. That was a really stupid idea, nothing happened, thank god.
Comment by David Barker on 14th March 2010 at 10:57
Found out Cyril it was called The Wall Hey Pit ,it was built before 1846 Ken R .
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