The Redmires Reservoir Sheffield

This is an urban exploration of a The Redmires Reservoir are a group of three reservoirs in Fulwood, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England. They are fed from the Hallam Moors by various small streams including Fairthorn Clough. The three reservoirs are named Upper, Middle and Lower and date from 1830s. The area is popular with walkers and bird watchers. A path from the Upper reservoir leads onto the moors and to Stanedge Pole.

The three reservoirs at Redmires were designed and constructed by Mr John Towlerton Leather who from 1830 to 1865 was the engineering adviser to the Sheffield Water Company.

The lower Reservoir was constructed in 1847 the depth of water is just 29 feet and the length of the bank is 500 yards, it has an area of 28 acres and a capacity of 139.500,000 gallons the water is taken down an open watercourse into the Hadfield and Crookes Service

The Middle this was the first it has an embankment of 1,012 yards in length and the greatest depth of water is 36 feet there are two flow weirs or bye washers 70 and 104 feet in length repsectavaley it covers an area 48 acres.

Upper constructed in 1853-4 upper the depth of water is 42 feet it has an area of 56 acres and a capacity of 343,000,000 gallons the water is drawn of means of two lines of pipes 14 inch in diameter laid through the bank commencing at there inner end is a vertical cast iron valve tower or shaft.

In 2006 we was out walking, got talking to a dog walker, they told us of the planed works, in 2009 the Upper Reservoir was the first to be empty then the middle, the lower has for the first time of us walking there been the full one, June 2009 we had worked out how to gain access, however we sent e mails to those doing the work and Yorkshire Watter.

We was un sure of what was safe to walk upon and not, it was simple we was not going to take risk, following e mails back and fourth we was told we could go have a look, so on The 15 9 09 we visited, on to the 51 bus and we come to the Lower Reservoir walking to the middle with our guide for the day, through the fence we walk into the center, seems there has been works over the years and we find some rusting old scaffold, take our images and look at the structure from inside what would be a depth of water is 36 feet.

We exit and walk to the upper at a depth of the water is 42 feet, we look at the stone and iron work taking images, ponder the thought how the fuck did this all happen? Well it was not over we are walked around the conduits and feeders all in stone, then a filter also in stone, then we walk through the woods down to the filter works replaced in the 1970,s no access of the inside but we are cool to walk the outside and back up to the lower reservoir, we thank our guide and head back for the bus.

We have walked all three over the years in all weathers, never looked in detail at the stone work, neither given it much thought that this was built in the 1830s, there is no doubt by navigators with loss of life, the book we have got some of the info from deals with a public image, it gives some impressive information, and here from reading the book we can guess the workers will have lived in huts near by, the work will have been hard, no doubt there will have been some deaths, this forms the industrialisation of Sheffield, now when we walk there we shall remember those who no doubt gave there life’s, to build The Redmires Reservoir next time you are there take a closer look, if you have not been go have a walk round, for a man made structure it has become a part of the bucolic earth that in itself moves you, now knowing it,s past it makes it more impressive, what a joy urban exploration can be.

Thanks To Monkey, Ziggy (dogcanute) Yorkshire Water for access, The Dog Walker and The wonderful people at The local-studies for advice info and help, there rather good.

Notes from History and Description Of The Sheffield Water Works By William Terry 1924 who was the General Manger of the Sheffield Corporation Water Works,there is a copy at The local-studies Sheffield.

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