Thousands of visitors have flocked to see an old Victorian reservoir before it disappears forever.
The subterranean Leyland Reservoir in Clayton-le-Woods has been opened to the public for a fortnight before it disappears under 14 new homes being built by Southport-based developer Kingswood Homes.
Boyd Harris, of Chorley Historical and Archaeological Society, said: “On Saturday, there were 700 visitors. The word must have spread as the Sunday opening was much busier with a constant stream of visitors during the 10am to 4pm period. By 4pm around 2,000 people had come. Almost everyone was taking pictures on their phones and tablets. It is said Anthony Gormley’s Angel of the North sculpture in Gateshead is the most photographed structure in the UK.
“There is no doubt on Sunday it was this – and probably the highest number of photographs taken underground anywhere in the world.”
Schoolchildren from nearby Manor Road Primary School will be taken on conducted tours on Thursday and Friday. The tours end on Sunday.
Kingswood Homes have produced a free commemorative booklet detailing the reservoir’s history.