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Photo-a-Day  (Tuesday, 8th September, 2020)

Aspull Sough

Aspull Sough
This is the reason for the Yellow Brook in the Plantations no longer being yellow. The water from the Sough has been diverted to these settling ponds where the impurities settle to the bottom and the clean water runs off to the River Douglas.

Photo: Dennis Seddon  (Sony DSC-WX200)
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Comment by: Alan (on Vancouver Island) on 8th September 2020 at 02:38

Nice photo. What does "sough" mean? I have been away from Wigan too long.

Comment by: Dennis Seddon on 8th September 2020 at 09:42

Alan, a Sough is a drainage tunnel dug to drain water from a Coal Mine.

Comment by: Julie on 8th September 2020 at 11:49

May I ask is this near Haigh Hall please? lovely photo and scenery.

Comment by: Veronica on 8th September 2020 at 14:48

Is ' sough' pronounced 'suff' as I recall the water grids in the cobbled roads referred to as 'suffs'?

Comment by: Cyril on 8th September 2020 at 16:53

It is Julie. Some interesting information on this and the old sough on this website. https://www.landscapebritain.co.uk/location/aspull-sough/

Suff, that's how I pronounce it Veronica, folks would say pour it down suff meaning the grid or drain in a road, though how plummies would pronounce it is anyone's guess, probably like as dough is pronounced.

Comment by: George (Hindley) on 8th September 2020 at 17:54

A 'seugh' (of Scottish origin) is any drainage ditch.

Comment by: Veronica on 8th September 2020 at 18:25

Thanks Cyril I remember being told 'don't go near t'suffs' ! In the fifties there was the scare of polio and the fear of being in an iron lung used to play on my mind! I had seen pictures in the paper of people lying in them forever.

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