Regarding some of the lovely pics lately, can someone tell me why some ponds are called flashes ? Is it to do with mining ?
Comment by Dot on 26th August 2010 at 08:26
We have friends in Bristol. And have never heard an expance of water called a flash. Where does this name come from?
Bye the way lovely clear shot. Better than metal cranes anyday.
Comment by maggie on 26th August 2010 at 11:41
A flash is the result of mining subsidence. Water comes in and forms a small lake. There are many around the area.
Comment by irene roberts nee griffiths on 26th August 2010 at 14:13
This flash is known locally as Sammy's Flood, I think. I'm sure somweone will correct me if I'm wrong.
Comment by Fred Mason on 26th August 2010 at 16:28
Thanks for the info, Maggie. I used to fish Scotmans flash and Paersons Flash as a kid and never knew they were caused by subsidence. I found this on the net:
Scotsman's Flash Wigan by Rob66
The Wigan flashes are a wetland area that lies south of the town centre and are a haven for local wildlife, they are not a natural feature of the landscape but were formed when the land sank due to mining subsidence.
This shot was taken from the side of the Leigh branch of the Leeds Liverpool canal which is a few feet higher than the surface of the flash as mining under the canal was not allowed, however some subsidence still occurred and an extra lock had to be built some years after the canal opened.
Comment by dave marsh on 26th August 2010 at 19:50
your photos are a tonic, Dave.
Comment by steve on 26th August 2010 at 20:36
Yes Irene it was known as Sammys Flood when I was a lad.It is much more picturesque these days. Good photo Dave.
Comment by dot on 26th August 2010 at 21:50
Thanking you all for the good example, reason for the term flash. It explains a lot Cheers
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