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Photo-a-Day  (Sunday, 7th February, 2021)


River Douglas dam, Bottling Wood.

Photo: David  (Sony RX100)
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Comment by: Veronica on 7th February 2021 at 09:03

The twinkling lights of home look very welcoming , the trees shielding and framing them ... but not keen on the 'dam' though. Good photo Dave

Comment by: Irene Roberts on 7th February 2021 at 09:32

Having lived in Wigan all my life, I have never been quite sure where Bottling Wood is, and am still a bit hazy! I remember the name on the destination board on the old Corporation buses and wondering where it was. I like the photo with the lights in the houses just coming on and being reflected on the wet path....I can hear my Dad singing "Just a song at twilight".

Comment by: Mick on 7th February 2021 at 10:12

What an amazing piece of engineering work  the Douglas Dam is doing, by saving the lowlands of Wigan from flooding

Comment by: rainh on 7th February 2021 at 10:48

Nice couple of fireworks in the puddle on the pathway.

Comment by: Veronica on 7th February 2021 at 11:01

It's going up Scowes Irene on the road to Whelley .... I know somebody will correct me though. I knew quite a few people from there who were on the coach when I caught it by Mc Curdy's on the way to the ROF in the sixties.

Comment by: Irene Roberts on 7th February 2021 at 13:35

Thanks, Dolly dear. xxx

Comment by: Tommy T on 7th February 2021 at 14:35

If that dam had not been built I think the shoppers at robin park would be moving around in boats.

Comment by: Veronica on 7th February 2021 at 15:16

But I believe it still floods down there Tom T. From what I've heard. So we could still have kept shops in the centre. I remember how it was before that dam was built there, it was a nice place to walk before reaching the woods. Still ...feats of engineering must come first , even if they are ugly. Sorry to those who took pride in building it.

Comment by: Edna on 7th February 2021 at 16:07

Lovely photo this at dusk.I know someone who's child had to write his address down, for his teacher at school. He wrote. ??? Boiling Wood!!!

Comment by: Barrie on 7th February 2021 at 16:53

10 years this year it was completed. As part of the original construction team (up to 2010) albeit visiting twice a month for safety audits, beauty is in the eye of the beholder Veronica. It will always flood down by Asda because that was always the flood plain due to the canal and river and being low lying. This is the major problem in this country as developers want to build on open greenfield spaces and councils/ local authorities along with government planners will pass the plans in most cases. This adds to more water being discharged via drains into already swollen watercourses.

Comment by: PeterP on 7th February 2021 at 17:47

Irene go through Scholes towards Whelley there is a parade of shops set back from the road opposite a garage turn left. (Whelley hospital would have been on your right) folllow this road to the end .This is Bottling Wood area and the wood is down that end which in turn is part of Haigh Plantation.

Comment by: Veronica on 7th February 2021 at 19:48

All I know and remember Barrie is it was lovely on a sunny Sunday afternoon to go walking 'down the Duggie'. You would see many people doing the same. It doesn't look safe these days to walk down there.

Comment by: Irene Roberts on 7th February 2021 at 22:30

Thankyou PeterP.

Comment by: James Hanson on 7th February 2021 at 23:54

Barrie, I don't think there was a history of flooding anywhere in Wigan. So, why didn't they deepen the river bed beyond where it does flood and, maybe, slow the flow in sections?

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