Period: Early 1900's
A snippet from the Blog HASLINGDENS WATER TROUGHS, WELLS, SPRINGS ETC.
St. Peters Avenue
My grandfather, Ernest Ashworth, was a partner in Ashworth and Hobson, builders in Rawtenstall. His workmen were building a pair of houses No's 29/31 on St. Peter's Avenue, Haslingden. On digging for the foundations the ground was found to be somewhat suspect and on digging deeper an underground stream was discovered, and after this was diverted the farmer reported that the water supply to the well which was situated in the middle of the field at the junction of St. Peter's Avenue and Helmshore Road had been cut off.
It is reported that a belt of "quicksand" runs from under 16/18 Colldale Terrace to across the road at properties 29/31 on St. Peter's Avenue. How far this belt of "quicksand" extends I do not know, but my father used to report that when the road joining the top half to the bottom section of Jubilee Road was being laid the cobble stones used to sink into the ground.
Michael Mullaney wrote on 30th January 2016:
There was a well fed from a spring in the centre of the field on the corner of St. Peters Avenue and Helmshore Road, now its a sports field. The field was always wet and was used only for cattle grazing and hay making. When they came to turn it into a sports field it was very difficult to drain and several attempts were made before it dried sufficiently to be played on.
There is a band of sand which runs from Long Shoot across Poplar Street (under houses with dropped door and window lintels. Down Princess Street and across Sand Pits where it breaks surface, into Colldale Terrace and St. Peters Avenue and on towards Helmshore Road,. The houses in St. Peters Place are built on concrete pontoons to stop them sinking into the sandy earth.