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Report - The Pigeon Tower - Rivington, Chorley Jan 2015

Discussion in 'Other Sites' started by Zebedee 666, Feb 12, 2016.

  1. Zebedee 666

    Zebedee 666 28DL Full Member
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    A few pictures from my visit here early last year on a very rare occasion when access was possible! I'd always wanted too see inside here and view the fireplace on the top floor.

    HIstory from Rivington Heritage Trust...

    Lord Leverhulme is often regarded as Bolton's most famous son. His profile as an industrialist, philanthropist and progressive social influence shaped society throughout his lifetime and beyond. Rivington Terraced Gardens formed part of his legacy, and local people have likened it to his "Gracelands".

    In 1913, his original residence, Roynton Cottage, burned to the ground following an arson attack by the Suffragette Edith Rigby of Preston. Lord Leverhulme then replaced the original cottage with a more substantial residence, "the Bungalow", which survived until after his death. With the outbreak of World War II, the Bungalow was requisitioned as a billet for wounded troops, and Nissen huts were erected in the grounds. The Bungalow's wartime residents were less than attentive to the Bungalow's upkeep during this period, and upon the cessation of hostilities the damage to the structure was such that Liverpool Corporation decided to demolish the building.

    The Gardens fell into disrepair over the years, with woodland self seeding across the site. Large parts of the Gardens became inaccessible due to being choked with overgrown rhododendron , which was removed a few years ago, opening up parts of the Gardens again to public view.

    From the outside..

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    Stairwell.. hard to get far back enough to get a shot as its really small inside..

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    The fireplace....

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    Was strange how the place was full of butterflies too.. seen this in a few abandoned places at night time.

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    Couple of pics of the view from the top of the hill..

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    Thanks for looking
     

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    I like it!
     
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    Yes! Quite Nice & certainly different ,I'd say. :thumb
     
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    WildBoyz Is this the future?
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    Very nice :thumb Good shots too.
     
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    Been here many times as a kid just below are the Chinese gardens tho a little overgrown now. I've always wanted to see inside here. Good pics...
     
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    Only got to see in here once has a young kid. Great to see again. One of those if the door open things. Great stuff and like the butterfly.
     
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    Bertie Bollockbrains 28DL Regular User
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    Nature is a passion of mine, so forgive me for my anorak reply.

    Its the Peacock butterfly and strangely is a species that can be seen in flight in the UK at any time of the year. A quick look at the Butterfly Conservation website tells me that the first reported sighting in the UK for 2016 was on the 4th January. The Red Admiral, Comma and the Small Tortoiseshell butterfly can also be seen in flight at any time of the year, even in the depths of winter. Obviously most butterfly species will have very limited flight times during the warmer times of the year.
     
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    Looks like a good mooch, cheers! Lets hope that they open Peel Tower up near Rammy soon.
     
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