I visited Appley Bridge one Saturday morning during the Beacon Bash as a competitor on the notoriously muddy run in Lancashire. The weather was cold damp and chilly. The snow had not long since disappeared. I padded down the road the first thing I saw was a diving bell! Bit unnerving I thought. Expecting a flood? Actually Appley Bridge had been flooded about 30 years ago('87) Council press release says :
''"When severe flooding occurred in several parts of the district on Saturday 22nd August 1987 - Parbold and parts of Skelmersdale were badly affected, whilst the Millbank estate in Appley Bridge was flooded out, with several houses being filled by water to first floor level and almost all of the remainder having water in their ground floor, varying from about two feet to five or six feet in depth. An amateur meteorologist with a weather station at Hilldale recorded the fall of 3.8 inches (97 mm) of rain during the 48 hours beginning at 8.00am on Saturday, 22nd August: over two thirds of that rainfall - about 2.6 inches - being in a four hour period on Saturday afternoon..."
"...From preliminary information, it would appear that the storm frequency was in the order of 1 in 75 year occurrence and this led to widespread flooding throughout the region..."OK. Sort of get that...
On the way down I spotted an interesting road sign - and photographed "Skull House Lane" Had to research... This is what Wikipedia turned up.
|Skull house lane
|Appley Bridge Station
|The Bridge at Appley