Local Reservoirs & Dams


General Points

For many years, the town's water supplies came from wells and natural springs, such as the Well of St John the Baptist, and Well Head.

With the growing population in the 19th century – and the pollution of many wells – many private companies were set up to construct small reservoirs.

Mill-owners also built reservoirs to supply power to their mills – see Lumb Mill, Square Mill, and Wainstalls Mill.

There were disasters, as in 1852, when the Bilberry Reservoir at Holmfirth burst, drowning 81 people and causing much damage, or in 1864, when the Dale Dyke Dam near Sheffield burst, killing 250 people.

In 1880, Wakefield City Council obtained powers to gather water and construct works in the Rishworth area. Reservoirs at Green Withens and Ringstone and dams at Upper and Lower Booth were constructed.

The local corporation later became responsible with the construction of reservoirs to provide drinking water and industrial supplies.

Victoria Reservoir was one of the first, and others were constructed to catch the water from the moorland.

Local Reservoirs

[1862] Albert Reservoir, Halifax
Alexandra Reservoir, Sowerby Bridge

Badger Hill Reservoir, Rastrick
Baitings Reservoir, Ripponden
Birds Royd House Reservoir, Rastrick
Birks Hall Wood Reservoir
Black Field Dam, Wainstalls
Black House Reservoirs, Soyland
Blackfield Dam, Warley Moor
Blackstone Edge Reservoir
Booth Dean Reservoirs
Booth Wood Reservoir
Brampton Dam, Luddendenfoot
Brow Dam, Shelf
Buckley's Dam, Todmorden

Castle Carr Reservoir
Catholes Dam, Todmorden
Cold Acre Reservoir, Stainland
Cold Edge Dams, Warley Moor
Coldacre Reservoir, Stainland
Cranberry Dam, Walsden

Dean Head Reservoir

Finkle Street Reservoir, Luddendenfoot
Firth's Carpets mill dam
Fixby Reservoir
Flints Reservoir, Sowerby
Fly Flatts Reservoir
Folly Dam, Todmorden

Gaddings Dam, Todmorden
Gibbet Hill Reservoir
Gorple Lower Reservoir
Gorple Reservoirs
Gorple Upper Reservoir
Gorpley Reservoir, Todmorden
Green Withens Reservoir

Haigh Cote Dam, Wainstalls
Hallin Hall Reservoir, Hebden Bridge
Hanson Lane Reservoirs
Hardcastle Crags Reservoir
Hartshead Reservoir
Heeley Dam, Mankinholes
Heptonstall Service Reservoir
High Lee Railway Dam, Luddendenfoot
Hollin Hall Service Reservoir
Hollins Dam, Sowerby Bridge

Jagger Dam, Rastrick

Krumlin Service Reservoir

Lands Reservoir, Rastrick
Lands Reservoir, Rastrick
Leadbeater Dam, Warley Moor
Lee Dam, Lumbutts

Light Hazles Reservoir
Lower Booth Dean Reservoir
Lower Dean Head Reservoir

Midgley Moor Reservoirs
[1867] Mixenden Reservoir

New Top Reservoir
Nibble & Clink Dam, Luddenden
Noah Dale Dam, Colden

Ogden Kirk Reservoir
[1854] Ogden Reservoir
Old Reservoir, Wainstalls
Old Town Reservoir, Wadsworth
Outram's Dam, Greetland
Ovenden Reservoirs

Portsmouth Reservoir, Todmorden

Ramsden Clough Reservoir, Todmorden
Ramsden Wood Reservoir
Redmires Reservoir, Todmorden
Ringstone Edge Reservoir
Roils Head Reservoir
Royds Hall Dam
Ryburn Intake Reservoir
Ryburn Reservoir

Scammonden Reservoir
Shoebroad Dam, Todmorden
Soyland Service Reservoir
Spa Clough Reservoir, Rishworth
Spoon Dam, Shade
Spring Dam, Wainstalls
Stansfield View Reservoir, Todmorden
Swamp Reservoir, Boulderclough

Tong Royd Reservoirs, Elland

Upper Booth Dean Reservoir
Upper Booth Reservoir, Rishworth
Upper Dean Head Reservoir

Victoria Reservoir, Halifax

Wade Wood Reservoir, Luddenden
Walshaw Dean Middle Reservoir
Walshaw Dean Reservoirs
Walshaw Lower Reservoir
Walshaw Upper Reservoir
Warland Reservoir, Walsden
[1864] Warley Moor Reservoir
White Holme Reservoir
White Wood Reservoir
[1878] Widdop Reservoir
Withens Clough Reservoir, Erringden

Cote Hill Reservoir

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Revised 15:18 / 3rd February 2024 / 9650

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