Visiting the pit closer to home.
After our day out on Saturday which I blogged about here, it seemed like a good idea to visit another old mine.
St Helens used to be a coal mining area, perhaps not as big or famous as Yorkshire or the North East, but it had several pits that used to power the glass making industry that St Helens was more famous for.
So much space has to be reused, and in Sutton Manor the Council decided to make a wild park. There are paths that meander, areas of grassland, stands of trees and everywhere a reminder of the past.
But the most dominating feature of the park is this.....
here and stands 20m tall. The foundation piles go down twice that, deep into the old mine workings. You might have seen it on the Channel 4 programme, Big Art project many years ago. You will definitely have seen it if you ever pass St Helens on the M62 (as Bernie Clifton used to say, "You'll know when the motorway hits St Helens, because it goes all cobblestoned") and over 100,000 vehicles pass by daily.
But for the second time this week I found myself grateful for the men who laboured in the bowels of the Earth.... Dickens again!