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Criffel Stone, Crossens near Southport

The large Criffel Stone sits just across the road from Crossens Pumping Station. It is a glacial erratic, meaning that it was carried by a glacier and left in place when the ice melted. In 1959, the Crossens Pumping Station … Continue reading

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Early Transatlantic Flights,via Southport

Many people must have driven around the Shore Road roundabout near Ainsdale and wondered why there is a sculpture of an airplane flying away from the New York skyline. Perhaps they dismiss it as some random, innocuous piece of public art. However, it is far more important … Continue reading

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Ellen Strange Memorial and Cairn, Holcombe Moor, Helmshore near Bury

On Holcombe Moor stands a stone pillar next to a cairn. The cairn traditionally marks the place where a woman, Ellen Strange, was murdered in 1761. The circumstances of her death and the trial of her murderer were for many years … Continue reading

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Grants Tower, Ramsbottom, Bury

Grants Tower is built at Top o’ th’ Hoof, Ramsbottom. It stands on the spot where the Grant  family are said to have first looked down on the Irwell Valley, on their arrival in 1783. They had embarked on an epic trek in … Continue reading

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Fred Dibnah Statue and Corliss Steam Engine, Bolton

In Bolton town centre stands a larger than life statue to the late, great steeplejack Fred Dibnah next to a Corliss Steam Engine. Fred always said that he was a man born in the wrong time, that he should have lived … Continue reading

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Jubilee Tower, Quernmore, near Lancaster

James Harrison was a wealthy Liverpool shipbuilder who lived in Hare Appletree, near Quernmore. To celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria, he did two things. In a  fit of patriotism  he lit a beacon on nearby Clougha Pike on the … Continue reading

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Parbold Bottle Monument, Parbold

The Parbold Bottle stands just a few minutes walk away from the stunning vista on top of Parbold Hill, a well known local viewpoint. The monument itself is curious both in terms of  its history and the reason for it being built. … Continue reading

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