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Photo-a-Day  (Monday, 10th March, 2008)

Standish Viaduct

Standish Viaduct
The viaduct near the Boar's Head, Standish.

Photo: Dave  (Nikon D2Xs )
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Comment by: John on 10th March 2008 at 08:29

Great shot - was that another viaduct in the background?

Comment by: Ron D on 10th March 2008 at 09:31

I think we used to call this Twenty Bridges. From where did you take it from ?.

Comment by: Jo Anne on 10th March 2008 at 09:32

A spectacular view, Dave :o)
Did you fly over to take the photo?

Comment by: Elayne on 10th March 2008 at 10:02

Great photo Dave! This is Twenty Bridges although there are only 19 I think! If you go on Forum and look in Photos of Wigan there are some more on there from Exploration with a bit of history too! Most Wiganers dont know this exists I know I didnt!

Comment by: Jim Latham on 10th March 2008 at 10:43

Another great photo Dave.
The two viaducts appear to be more or less at right angles to each other, but I can't see this on my old map (South Lancs Coalfield 1907)There is only 1 line shown which goes south to Whelley and north to Red Rock and Adlington. A branch line joins the West Coast Main Line at Boar's Head Station.
Can anyone shed some light on this please?

Comment by: peter frost on 10th March 2008 at 11:51

thats a good pic dave of the twenty bridges.
the one in the background is called thirteen bridges
if you go to this link you will see more nfo on this structure

Comment by: Ernest Pyke on 10th March 2008 at 11:58

Thanks Elayne;just been on Forum & all is explained. So Jim,just you do the same. During the 1939-1945 war,a steam train was firing up on this viaduct,when a German bomber dropped a bomb,which fortunately missed.Our`gang`visited the crater next day!

Comment by: Frank Healy on 10th March 2008 at 13:29

I'm one of those ignoramuses who never knew it existed. What makes it worse in my case, now that I've located it on the map, is that it's directly opposite my Uncle and Aunt's house in Chorley Road and they've lived there for 60 years. The least I'll do is take a look out of their bedroom window when I go visiting on Saturday.

Dave, a brilliant shot and view. Excuse the ignorance, but what was your vantage point? The shot looks almost aerial.

Comment by: Dave on 10th March 2008 at 13:52

Hi all

I thought this one may get some interest :)

I've got a VERY tall tripod :-)

Well, actually, I took it from a helicopter a few weeks ago.

Comment by: Frank Healy on 10th March 2008 at 14:17


Comment by: Dave on 10th March 2008 at 16:11

Yep - Seriously.

Comment by: Dave Marsh on 10th March 2008 at 17:54

Is it a man or is it a bird?

Comment by: Frank Healy on 17th March 2008 at 09:38

Visited, looked out of the bedroom window, couldn't see anything, too many trees. My uncle remembers a time when you could see the viaducts and the trains.

Comment by: Andy on 9th May 2010 at 21:32

The one at the back is seven bridges and is on a branch off the west coast main line. The line branched off at the old Boars Head station and then went on to Adlington, passing close to the Crawford arms at Red Rock.

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