Report - Brindle Service Reservoir, near Chorley, Lancs. May 2014

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28DL Full Member
28DL Full Member
Oct 18, 2008
My mate Google let me down on this one, providing nothing in the way of history. The only thing known about it was that it was constructed between 1870 and 1890 as part of improvements to the area's water supply. The water was either pumped up from lower down the valley, or from a borehole nearby (favourite), given that there was a small waterworks building next to it.
As a planning application to demolish it and build a couple of houses was submitted in 2012, it was time to hoof it down there and do it before it was too late and it suffers the same fate as the one at Clayton-le-Woods nearby!
Thanks to PaulPowers for his help to find the bloody thing!


Two sides of have been exposed and a hole knocked in it!


Unusually, the roof pillars have inverted arches at their base to prevent movement.



The former inlet pipe, the cup diverted the flow upwards to avoid disturbing any sediment.



Outlet pipes.






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28DL Regular User
Regular User
Nov 26, 2008
looking good, i did this at night so the light coming in didnt mess me about. also did in the middle of winter, and it had water in it! haha i think id be happier visiting it now!