Before continuing please note that there is no actual significance to any of this…or is there?*
First to help with some of yesterday’s post where I go off on more tangents than is healthy for a sound mind, here is a map showing the broader region lifted from Google.
You can see that I marked three locations to from a triangle. Skelmersdale is contained within that triangle. As everybody knows triangles are the spookiest shape to draw on a map because there’s clearly something going on if you draw a triangle. (Also, according to the map label “Great Britain”, is a small town west of Halifax?)
The three points are:
- The church of St Peter & St Paul in Ormskirk [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Church_of_St_Peter_and_St_Paul,_Ormskirk] which is the most western point of the triangle.
- Ashurst Beacon [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dalton,_Lancashire ] which is further east.
- Billinge Beacon [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Billinge_Hill ] which once had a special bunker near by that “would have been used to monitor the location of nuclear blasts “
Here’s how Skem fits into that triangle:
You can see on the satellite view an area with roads punctuated by large roundabouts. That’s Skelmersdale. The eastern side of the triangle is a series of smallish hills on the other side of which is Wigan. The M58 motorway joins the M6 to Liverpool and is the southern boundary of Skelmersdale.
The infamous Concourse is the commercial centre of Skelmersdale and is approximately under the lower-case ‘s’ of the town name.
For geometry inclined, you’ll know that “centre of a triangle” is a bit of a dog’s breakfast of a concept. This picture shows two centres and the rough position of a third.
The red triangle joins the mid points of each side. One side of the red triangle passes through the Concourse.
The green lines join the mid-points of each side of the white triangle to the opposite vertex. Where they meet is the centroid of the triangle aka ‘the centre of mass’. Zoom into that point on the satellite image and you’ll find “Hope Island”.
This is a large traffic roundabout with an actual X-marks the spot for my triangle. In the centre of the ‘island’ is a strange geometric sculpture. The roundabout is also called Marie Curie Roundabout.
The white circle and cross on the map shows a different kind of triangular centre: the incenter. In this case it is not just the incentre but also the shoppincentre, aka The Concourse (or one corner of it).
Outside of the triangle is a blue dot (south-westish) that marks roughly the circumcentre of the triangle. This is near a small hamlet called “Barrow Nook” which as far as I know doesn’t have a mysterious ancient barrow near by (or a mysterious ancient nook) but which for spooky purposes let’s assume it does.
*[No, there actually isn’t]