Glaze Brook

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Glaze Brook
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The Glaze Brook
Country England
Region North West England
District Wigan, Greater Manchester, Warrington, Cheshire
Physical characteristics
 - location Pennington Flash
 - location
River Mersey

The Glaze Brook, or River Glaze, is a minor river in Greater Manchester, England. From Lately Common (south of Leigh) to the River Mersey it forms the county boundary with Cheshire.[1] It is about 22 miles long and its main tributaries are the Astley, Bedford, Hey, Pennington, Shaw and Westleigh Brooks.[2]

The Glaze Brook drains a large area around Leigh and is formed at the outflow of Pennington Flash 53°29′06″N 2°32′07″W / 53.4849°N 2.5354°W / 53.4849; -2.5354 close to Aspull Common. Pennington Flash is fed by Hey Brook, a continuation of Nan Holes Brook, which runs eastwards from Ashton-in-Makerfield.

After picking up the waters of Bedford Brook, which runs southward from Leigh and the Black or Moss Brook coming west from Worsley via Chat Moss, the brook turns southward, ultimately draining into the River Mersey section of the Manchester Ship Canal near Cadishead.

The Glaze Brook's catchment drains the flat lowland around Leigh which reaches a maximum altitude of 158 mAOD. The brook flows through largely agricultural land. Its tributaries extend into former mining and industrial areas in which mining subsidence has created flashes (lakes) at Pennington and Westleigh. The underlying geology is the sandstone and coal measures of the Lancashire Coalfield.[3]


  • Willow Brook
  • Jibcroft Brook
  • Carr Brook
  • Black/Moss Brook
    • Bedford Brook
      • Lilford Park Brook
        • Atherton Lake Brook
          • Atherton Brook
            • Collier Brook
          • Hindsford Brook
            • Shakerley Brook
              • Old Mill Brook
                • Cutacre Brook
            • Chanters Brook
              • Carr Brook
      • Pen Leach Brook
    • Town Brook
      • Astley Brook
        • Elennor Brook
          • Honksford Brook
    • Whitehead Brook
      • Stirrup Brook
        • Ellen Brook
    • Shaw Brook
  • Pennington Brook
    • Hey Brook
      • Westleigh Brook
        • Small Brook
        • Marsh Brook
          • Cunningham Brook
            • Pennington Brook (Westhoughton)
        • Hall Lee Brook
      • Windy Bank Brook
      • Nan Holes Brook
      • Coffin Lane Brook
      • Borsdane Brook
        • Dog Pool Brook


  1. ^ Landscape Character Assessment Chapter 7: Type 5. River flood plain, Warrington Borough Council, 12 December 2011, retrieved 4 May 2013
  2. ^ Glaze - Summary, Environment Agency, retrieved 2 January 2015
  3. ^ Glaze Brook at Little Woolden Hall (69005), Environment Agency, retrieved 27 January 2013
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