The Delph

Many visitors to this site will recognise this scene. I presume it was once a quarry, and had filled with water. Some intrepid locals used to swim there…it must have always been very cold!

Please someone leave a comment and tell me what happened to this once famous landmark, is it still there?

The little boys posing on the edge are members of my family – John (Jackie) Myers and Eric Watkinson.


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About Edith C

Born in Tawd Bridge, attended Digmoor school and chapel. Migrated to Australia in 1958, but have been back to Upholland for visits on several occasions since. Was a teacher, now retired. I would like to keep in touch with the people of Tawd Bridge, Upholland and Skelmersdale, I still have a fond and deep connection with the home of my childhood.

2 thoughts on “The Delph

  1. The photo is of Houghtons Delf on Houghtons Lane. There were two delfs, Houghtons and Elmers. The larger Elmers was usually referred to as “the mazy”.
    Late 1960`s early `70s the Tanhouse estate was under construction and tragically some young children (maybe 2 or 3)from the first residents drowned in the Mazy. This resulted in both delfs being filled in. I seem to recall the small delf having 50/60 ft of water and the mazy just short of 100ft.
    The area is still there and located to the east of the Town centre.

  2. I have swam there a few times. w2as cold but once in a blue moon, usually height of summer, was a great secluded magical and scary as we all knew about the deaths, but went anyway. taboo, but childhood memories. always insects and wildlife…… coming across from concrete hell of flordon , golf course then the wilderness started. awesome…

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