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  1. Pagefield


    That one has now also been fixed recently
  2. Pagefield


    The busted ground paddles and leaking tailgate at Henhurst meant the lock was filled very slowly, meanwhile losing water from the pound above. All the more so if only one gate paddle was used.
  3. Drifting C&RT workboats - mystery explained.
  4. Freddie Starr ate my handspike type of thing? ?
  5. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AHDRaNAn7rU
  6. If arriving or departing Wigan on a Saturday afternoon, worth checking football fixtures. DW stadium is by Lock 88. Many people join the towpath at Seven Stars bridge (50) to walk to the ground. Others take a different route but cross the nearby footbridge over the canal. (49b). ie, worth avoiding just before, or after a match.
  7. I was being generous with 'somewhat'. And no, not a place to moor. Either go beyond Ell Meadow Lock 89 into Crooke Village, or stay in the Wigan Pound, as has been suggested.
  8. Absolutely. So sad to see the decline in the area. In 1986 the Queen opened the renovated area. The current redevelopment plans look promising.
  9. I remember a winter afternoon in the dreadful environs of Wigan. All round was the lunar landscape of slag-heaps, and to the north, through the passes, as it were, between the mountains of slag, you could see the factory chimneys sending out their plumes of smoke. The canal path was a mixture of cinders and frozen mud, criss-crossed by the imprints of innumerable clogs, and all round, as far as the slag-heaps in the distance, stretched the ‘flashes’— pools of stagnant water that had seeped into the hollows caused by the subsidence of ancient pits. It was horribly cold. The ‘flashes’ were cover
  10. Recent vid from Foxes Afloat https://youtu.be/WPgUzLrpjJk?t=768
  11. I once spoke to a chap who was mooring up and explained how the pier was just around the corner. He was far more interested in the site of Wigan Casino. Turned out he was a big Northern Soul fan and whilst passing through didn't want to miss the chance to visit. So I directed him to Debenhams!
  12. https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/notices/15864-wigan-flight-leeds-and-liverpool-canal?fbclid=IwAR3hEJXUW0xq9M9-kz80biylcdsJ6MbgL40iP8dnY2L_KfQMIcWoBC17Yi8
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