Thursday, 16 October 2008

Haslingden By-pass - Building of and much later the Opening Day photos etc from 1981...


Building and Construction...

HASLINGDEN OLD AND NEW  have been kindly given fifteen lovely aerial photos showing the By-Pass during construction in the 1980s, besides the by-pass on historic record you will note some really interesting views of the nearby areas, some of which have changed quite a bit.  Our thanks go to Alan Gardner who has kindly allowed these rare aerial photographs to be shown on the Haslingden Old and New Site. 

Bentgate/Sykeside/Broadway (Click over to enlarge)
Aerial Photo: Kindly shared by Alan Gardner
Shows also part of the Cricket Club, Auction Mart, Woolpack,
 Old Syke Side Mill before the Garden Centre or pre Tescos

(Click over photo to enlarge)

A closer view of the Bentgate roundabout under construction in the 1980s (Click over to enlarge)
Aerial Photo: Kindly shared to us by Alan Gardner
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Construction of Bridges and Roundabout at Bentgate,
also shows Auction Mart and Sykeside Mill (Click over to enlarge)
Aerial photo: Kindly shared to us by Alan Gardner
(Click over photo to enlarge)


Construction of Bridge etc against Victoria Park and Helmshore Road (Click over to enlarge)
Aerial Photo: kindly shared by Alan Gardner
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Closer photo of construction on Helmshore Road (Click over to enlarge)
Aerial photo kindly shared by Alan Gardner

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Showing the construction at the bottom of Grane Road with Grane Road Mill and Flash Mill (Click over to enlarge)
Also it is just prior to where they joined up with the original railway track which you can see here to the mid right of the
photo.  Photo: Aerial photo kindly shared by Alan Gardner


Shows the point where the bypass intercepts with the old railway track and the continues to use the old railway track
for the distance until you get half way along Rising Bridge Road road where it then branches off and another new
section of road was made up to the roundabout at Rising Bridge and then onward.
Aerial photo: thanks to Alan Gardner
(Click over photo to enlarge)


This has to be one of the highlight photos which shows the construction coming along from
Grane Road and following the railway track past Lambers Mill at Carrs
 and to the point which was North Hag having been removed for the by pass
and comes to the point where the Old railway station was.
 It also shows the bottom of Station Road with the Station Pub and
the houses of Booth Street.
Aerial photo thanks to Alan Gardner for sharing.
(Click over photo to enlarge) 


The area of Nags Head having been taken out for the by pass (Click over to enlarge)
Aerial photo kindly shared with us by Alan Gardner.
(Click over photo to enlarge)


This is the area of the original railway and sidings from Haslingden Station and
shows Martin Croft Farm on the left and the old CWS Brittania Mill on the right.
(Click over to enlarge)
Aerial photo thanks to Alan Gardner for sharing with us


This one shows the construction which followed the old railway track and you can see the bridge being built with the
temporary ring road.  Its right at the point where our House was at 110 Hud Hey Road and they also besides removing
two more houses adjoined to ours, they demolished the full row of houses on the opposite site.  Also lots of
temporary caravan places on Tom Barnes's old fields, thankfully the old Oak is still there!
Aerial photo kindly shared to us by Alan Gardner
(Click over photo to enlarge)

A closer photo of the area shown earlier (Click over to enlarge)
Aerial photo thanks to Alan Gardner for sharing with us

A closer photo of the area shown earlier (Click over to enlarge)
Aerial photo thanks to Alan Gardner for sharing with us


This shows the area of construction that follows Rising Bridge Road using the foundations of the old railway
track which you can see the bypass branching away roughly at the point of where the last house on Rising
Bridge Road is and then shortly before it joins the main roundabout at Winfields.
Aerial Photo kindly shared to us by Alan Gardner
(Click over photo to enlarge)


This is the last photo in the collection and we go back
 to the Bentgate area showing construction before the

roundabout is made (Click over to enlarge)

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Thanks to Charles Ashworth for allowing us to use his
 By-pass construction photos within the blog:

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More photos shown here: 
unknown photographer


 This shows the last photos before the sad destruction of the North Hag Tunnel.
Here was the stretch that ran past St. James and St. Marys Football Grounds
on approach to the "North Hag Tunnel"
(Photographer: unknown)

 Here is a old photo taken from within North Hag Tunnel looking out and showing
CWS Brittania Mill with first chimney and in the far background it looks
like Clough End Mill (Hud Hey Road)
Photographer: unknown

 Sadly the last photos showing the cutting through of North Hag,
with Hutch Bank Quarry in the near background
Photographer: unknown





 The area directly below Victoria Park which is now a housing estate


Another photo (more wide) of the area directly below Victoria Park
 leading on to Park Avenue on the RH which is now a housing estate



This was land which used to belong to Sykeside Mill and boundary to Broadway,
 nowadays it will be part of the Tesco Car Park, houses on the top are
Ventnor Road and Sykeside House lower down.


These are showing the rear of Fields Road Sykeside

This shows the area around the old Fields Road Mill and to the right the old Sykeside Mill
The area now partly covered with a new housing estate, and Tescos to the right hand side of the road.

Shows Woolpack (White building) with J and E Transport grey garage to the left hand side.
Making the roundabout at Road End

Road End traffic lights and before roundabout was built

This is the area close to the cattery and almost opposite Sykeside House
looking over towards the Woodpack, with the construction of the roundabout area

This photo is looking back from the Mayfield area towards Sykeside Mill (Now Tescos)
Shows the by-pass around 1981 

Another photo of opening day with the coaches taking the dignatories on a first run of the new by-pass
whilst passing the old Sykeside Mill (now Tescos)

This is looking towards Rawtenstall and the swingback from the roundabout
close to the Woolpack

This is showing the area which runs parallel with Rising Bridge Road 
and Carter Place on the far right hand side, taken from Hud Hey Bridge 


This is yet another photo from the roundabout area at Broadway

 Dignatories and spectators at the opening ceremony below the roundabout at the Woolpack


Dignatories and spectators at the opening ceremony below the roundabout at the Woolpack

Dignatories and spectators at the opening ceremony below the roundabout at the Woolpack

This shows the exit leading onto Grane Road with Hutch Bank high in the background 

This shows in part the old railway track (Southbound), top Church etc

Another photo showing from Mayfield South to Sykeside

Another photo from Hud Hey towards Carter Place (right) and Rising Bridge.

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Another photo from the opening day of the By-Pass
Photo: Rossendale Free Press

A fabulous before and after photo....



 
Above: Two lovely photos above kindly shared to us by Chris Kirby
They depict the (top photo) OLD (before the by-pass)
 and the (bottom photo) NEW (after the by-pass was built)


And here below we have some great photos of the
 NORTH HAG HILL (or Bonk) together with the North Hag Tunnel and
showing the destruction of North Hag to make way for the new by-pass
Photos: thanks to the late Arthur Kirby








We are also fortunate to have some realtime footage
 showing some of the clearance for the Haslingden By Pass
 from the Joe Belshaw Collection.
the motorway related content appears at the beginning with the
removal of part of Victoria Park, but the main motorway construction
is shown between 4:12 to 8:53 minutes into the film.