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#625892 - 21st Nov 2011 1:48pm Anyone know what this is/was?
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Please forgive it not being on the Wirral, but I drive past this on my way to work most days and it intrigues me as to if there is a military connection.

Google Maps - High Legh

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#625898 - 21st Nov 2011 2:18pm Re: Anyone know what this is/was? [Re: Rhoobarb]
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Just did a quick google street view and there is a sign on the gate, have you stopped to look?

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#625902 - 21st Nov 2011 2:22pm Re: Anyone know what this is/was? [Re: anniebo28]
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I haven't no as I don't normally have time on the way to work.

I'm off this week though so might have a gander.

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#625909 - 21st Nov 2011 2:28pm Re: Anyone know what this is/was? [Re: Rhoobarb]
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I used to pass it and think the same, I think it may have been a cold war storage or a council storage, I did on occasions see trucks parked up and the doors open ,like you I was "just passing",

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#625912 - 21st Nov 2011 2:34pm Re: Anyone know what this is/was? [Re: Rhoobarb]
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Just having a look at the tithe maps and it's labelled as a depot.

Next to it is a Grade Post. Is that something to do with the grade of the hill?

On the 1970's aerial shots you can see the M56 being built.

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#625917 - 21st Nov 2011 2:45pm Re: Anyone know what this is/was? [Re: Rhoobarb]
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#625921 - 21st Nov 2011 2:55pm Re: Anyone know what this is/was? [Re: Rhoobarb]
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It looks like a water pumping station, there is a pipeline/utility going underground from this building across the field straight towards the motorway. Across the road there appears to be a an open resevoir of some sorts.

There is no record of anything near there eg pillboxes that would indicate it had a significant WW2 purpose.
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#625936 - 21st Nov 2011 3:34pm Re: Anyone know what this is/was? [Re: Rhoobarb]
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There was an WW2 army camp at High Leigh just down the road.
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#625966 - 21st Nov 2011 4:18pm Re: Anyone know what this is/was? [Re: diggingdeeper]
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Originally Posted By: diggingdeeper
There was an WW2 army camp at High Leigh just down the road.


Interesting, so possibly a military building then.

On the maps it's labelled as a depot.

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#625984 - 21st Nov 2011 4:37pm Re: Anyone know what this is/was? [Re: Rhoobarb]
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an Electricity Depot

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#625992 - 21st Nov 2011 4:43pm Re: Anyone know what this is/was? [Re: polo_phil]
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Originally Posted By: polo_phil
an Electricity Depot


I can't get the link open you posted is that what it says in there?

Weird place for it, there's hardly anything round there.

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#625994 - 21st Nov 2011 4:43pm Re: Anyone know what this is/was? [Re: Rhoobarb]
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Location: THE ELECTRICITY DEPOT, BEECHTREE FARM CLOSE, HIGH LEGH, KNUTSFORD, CHESHIRE, WA16 6NR
Proposal: CHANGE OF USE AND PARTIAL REBUILD OF EXISTING STORAGE DEPOT TO FORM TWO STOREY OFFICE BUILDING

From Phil's link.
Seems clear enough, but that's not to say it wasn't military previously.
I'm really surprised it comes under Macclesfield.
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#626129 - 21st Nov 2011 7:54pm Re: Anyone know what this is/was? [Re: Rhoobarb]
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doesn't look that particularly top secret to me, just looks like a municipal office building...

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