Part three of our series Last Train from Horwich has now been finished and is up on our YouTube channel. We enjoyed making this series of videos and some of the lost railway history we have found surprised us, those pieces of history have been laying in the undergrowth or on the embankments for all of those years, I wonder how many people walk past them and know what they are.
We enjoy walking at the weekends so when covid hit and travel restrictions come into force we had to walk from our own doorstep, so one night we got the maps out to look at and found an old map amongst them which showed the site of an old brick works on the moors near us, the video for this is on our YouTube channel ' History on Rivington Moor', so we got the bug then and started looking for more local history on the maps. The railway walk was literally across the road and we did the videos over a few weekends.
Here are some of the finds we found whilst doing the videos.
This was one of the finds of the day, it is part of a Beware of the Train sign that would have been on the foot crossing, we will be going back to see if we can find any more of the sign !
One of the next finds under one of the railway bridges was this old brick, The Monk & Newell Brickworks was situated on the east side of the Ruabon – Wrexham road It closed in the 1920’s, but we think the brick is older than that because the railway line the bridge was over opened in 1890's, so the bridge would have been built first surely !
Now some women like to collect shoes and handbags, not me , I like to collect Insulators ! This one is a Bullers 1948 insulator, I was so chuffed when we found this complete one just covered with leaves on the embankment, you don't find many complete ones just laying on the ground.
This find we could not leave ! Three complete Insulators on part of the telegraph pole, now this would not fit in the ruckscack and we had left our little saw at home so it had to be wrapped in two black bin bags and carried home, while we were walking we got some strange looks and one chap asked David if he had a gun and been shooting !
We have some more things that we have found on these Last Train To Horwich videos and once we have photographed them I will put them on the blog.
This new hobby we have found during these tough times this year has kept us going and we look forward to our adventurers at the weekends, so we hope you pay a visit to our youtube channel and see what we get up to !