Reading through the memories on the website I was surprised to find no mention of the time the houses at Park Hall were flooded with sludge.
One day in my boyhood, I don’t know the date, the top of the tip collapsed and the contents of the pond were forced out, flowing 2 or 3 ft deep down the road and in front of the houses. Every one from the village went to look, but we younger ones were quickly sent packing as the rescue operation got underway.
It would be interesting if anyone could add to this with either photos, further details, or an explanation as to the purpose of the sludge pond.
(I understand from Alf Shaw, the farmer who lives at Park Farm adjacent to the then sludge pond, that this incident occurred early May 1944. Thanks to Mollie Skinner for obtaining this information)