Underground Reservoir.


Fantastic place, Has been on my to do list for this year and Im so chuffed to see it. I think there’s been something going on down there as there were white sheets segregating off sections and batteries and floodlights every where?!

resi (26 of 87)Constructed in 1896 this water tank is made of blue brick (which I think is local to me; staffordshire bluebrick) and stone surrounding walls.

Above ground there is Draw tower built onto the water …

resi (82 of 87)

“Draw off tower, tunnel mouth, dam causeway and bridge of 1896. By Hawkesley of London. Red brick, granite rubble stone and dressed stone. Draw off tower stands in reservoir c15m off dam causeway. Causeway is SE of filter beds and pumping house complex. Tower is of red brick in Renaissance style on brick and stone plinth with stone dressings, frieze, bracketted cornice and flat roof with stone balustraded parapet. One storey above water of square plan with octagonal stair turret half projecting from right side and continuing above roof level as small octagonal stone turret with dome and finial. Iron bridge leads across from causeway to entrance door with stone surround and pediment. Transomed 1 light windows on sides. At the corners of the roof are stone piers with carved obelisks on top. The balustrade in between is a row of small arches of rusticated stonework and bridge¬† Lead water spouts on left and right sides. On opposite side of the causeway is the almost round tunnel mouth for the draw off pipe. Rusticated stonework with stone coping and granite rubble stone side embankments with stone coping. Causeway wall of granite rubble stone with roadway between.”

http://www.charnwood.gov.uk/listed_buildings/draw_off_tower_tunnel_mouth_dam_causeway_and_bridge_at_swithland_reservoir_water_works_kinchley_lane_swithland_reservoir

There is also a weird looking folly type thing on the left hand side of the water ; this looks like it was built around the same time.

  • Once used, this stunning pices of functioning architecture is now a huge mansion for spiders!