Historian in a stink over damaged Morecambe pipe

The damaged stinkpipe on Osborne Grove, Morecambe.
The damaged stinkpipe on Osborne Grove, Morecambe.
Share this article

A historian has spoken of his disappointment after part of the town’s heritage was damaged.

Just weeks after David Chandler researched Morecambe’s stinkpipes one was found broken in half on Osborne Grove.

The posts known as stinkpipes’ were in fact pipes used to vent the sewer system.

During his research Mr Chandler discovered several on South Road, Bare Lane and Happy Mount Drive.

The pipes, which are owned by United Utilities, were made by Clapham Brothers of Keighley and are believed to be Victorian or Edwardian.

Mr Chandler said: “It is really heavy it could have fallen on someone.

“I want to preserve them, I don’t want United Utilities to start pulling them down because they are pieces of history.”

The stinkpipe is thought to have been damaged during Lancaster City Council maintenance work.

A council spokesman said: “The council was cutting the hedge on Osborne Grove, during their work they had to push back the hedge as it had overgrown and the top half of the pipe came away.

“It could have happened at any time as it was in poor condition.”

A United Utilities spokesman said: “Unfortunately the vent stack on Osborne Grove was damaged by a third party. We’ve been out to check and are now looking at options available to resolve the issue.”