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Eccleston Hill Quarry

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I have an old receipt which names my Great grandfather.

William Rigby & Sons

Monumental Masons

Eccleston Hill Quarry

Prescot Road. St.Helens

 

Residence 46 Knowsley Road

St.Helens

 

Does anyone know where this quarry was and what happened to it.

William died in 1943 and I think his son Henry took over.

Any information would be great as I'm doing the family tree and don't

live in St.Helens anymore.

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Hi Thyme.

I'm Sure the quarry was inbetween Delph lane and two but lane. See google maps. Its now a big housing estate.

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Isn't that the William Rigby who built the Lowe House Memorial Chapel in 1923?

 

Have a look on here, maybe he was in one of the pics?

 

http://176.32.230.22/sthelenshistory.co.uk/albums/lowe-house/

 

As for Eccleston Hill Quarry, could it be this one?

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eccleston_Quarry

 

Or, I think there was one near where Carmel College is now on Prescot Road?

(I think that was where they got the sandstone for Christ Church in Eccleston.)

Edited by Phyll

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I think Eccleston Hill Quarry is not the one that grangeparker mentioned.

 

The quarry at Eccleston Hill is mentioned in a newspaper article in the Yorkshire Post 14 July 1933.

 

It concerns a boy of 4 who fell 150 ft down the quarry and landed on a ledge. Attempts were made to reach his body from below by ladders fastened together but that did not work. Eventually the owner of the quarry, Mr Rigby, was lowered by crane into the disused quarry where he reached the ledge and retrieved the body. The article mentions that the boy's mother watched from a place in a monumental masons yard that overlooked the disused quarry

 

The quarry that Phyll found on Wikipedia is at Eccleston near Chorley

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Yes that's the place with the pumping house next door, we kids from Portico used to play down there during the 50's. We'd pass by on our way to Taylor Park down the Red Rocks and Friths farm.

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Made me ponder about all the quarries and marl pits that were dotted in and around St Helens up to the 1950s. There was one near St Helens Hospital just up towards the Robins Lane end of it; another at the bottom of Hard Lane near its junction with City Road and there must have been at least half a dozen clay or marl pits in Parr

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Thanks Kizzy & Stephen, that's the one I was thinking of near my old school Mount Carmel.

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i recall in the late 40's as a boy going to the quarry to find cigarette packet which had been dumped there. i recall finding many Pasha ,Passing cloud packets and many others which i cannot recall. collecting and swopping cigarette packets was popular amongst us boys

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