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photoblog image The Southport Gasometer

The Southport Gasometer


This old wooden gasometer has been a feature of the West Lancashire plain at the edge of which Southport sits. It can be seen from miles around and is a welcoming sight as you are returning home, you konw that you are almost there. It is seen here across the marshes from the coastal road not far from where  I live, about three miles from the tower.

The tower was recently voted one of the North West's biggect eyesores in a competition run by the BBC.

Alas it will be there for not much longer as it is scheduled to be demolished in the next few months.

The Southport Gasometer


This old wooden gasometer has been a feature of the West Lancashire plain at the edge of which Southport sits. It can be seen from miles around and is a welcoming sight as you are returning home, you konw that you are almost there. It is seen here across the marshes from the coastal road not far from where  I live, about three miles from the tower.

The tower was recently voted one of the North West's biggect eyesores in a competition run by the BBC.

Alas it will be there for not much longer as it is scheduled to be demolished in the next few months.

comments (6)

  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 3 Oct 2008, 08:51
Eyesore!!!! Have people no imagination, its wonderful.
Les Auld: Not to the people who live near it unfortunately, thanks for the comment.
  • anniedog
  • United Kingdom
  • 3 Oct 2008, 09:21
Really like this image Les - the way the colours of the tower complement all the sky colours, the position of the tower in the image and the contrast of the red brick of the houses with the green. Lots of subtle tones too. I can't imagine why people think this is an eyesore - it just confirms my worst fear that most people are idiots with no taste smile
Ingrid
Les Auld: Thanks Ingrid, it is something I see every day but only recently appreciated.
Two gasometers in one week Les as Richard showed one on Monday. As I said to him, there are gasometer spotters who go round photographing these things just like train spotters. Still it will be a shame to see it gone, another part of our heritage lost.
Les Auld: Know what you mean Brian, thanks for the comment.
  • Paolo
  • Italy
  • 3 Oct 2008, 15:56
looking at your photo, I remembre when I was in Turnbridge Wells in the late '70: I remember that on the way to city centre there was a similar building. good times...
Les Auld: There are a few of this design about, one in Liverpool as well so another target for a picture in the future. Thanks for the comment Paolo.
That is an amazing thing - and it looks quite full too!
Les Auld: This type does not collapse Chris, been empty for a while. Thanks for the comment.
  • Ellie
  • United Kingdom
  • 3 Oct 2008, 23:46
They're getting rid of gasometers everywhere, which is a really odd thing to do - how else are they supposed to store gas?
Les Auld: They store in places like Russia and sell it to us with inflated prices, thanks for the comment Ellie.

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