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Report - Waterworks, Stanley Moor, Buxton, Derbyshire, October 2018



HughieD

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1. The History
The history about this place is rather scant, but then again, hardly surprising as it’s a fairly small place in the grand scheme of things. Beautifully located in the Peak District in Derbyshire, just outside of Buxton, the pumping plant was built by The Buxton Corporation Water Works (BCWW) was built in 1957 to service the now decommissioned Stanley Moor reservoir to the south-west. The two-storey building which has a yellow stone frontage and brick infill panels at the back has clearly been closed for some time.

Stanley Moor Reservoir was a small, rectangular, impounding structure, formed on three sides by earth embankments and founded partly on limestone and partly on millstone grits. The inside was lined with puddle clay with a protective layer of masonry pitching. The reservoir’s principal feeds were two nearby streams, to the west and to the north. The flow was intercepted and directed through aqueducts to the intake chute, by the operation of “leaping weir” sluices.

The reservoir had been built on a problematic geological fault-line. Its location where limestone and millstone grit met resulted in a high rate of leakage from the reservoir and despite the aforementioned clay lining. Despite investigations, the problem couldn’t be rectified. In initially the water level was reduced by ten feet, and in 1946 the dam was breached in favour of a low-level weir channel reducing the capacity from 450,000 to 275,000 cubic metres. It’s unclear when the dam was decommissioned but when it was the water works would have then been surplus to requirements.

2. The Explore
This place has cropped up a few times this year. It’s a bit off-the-beaten-track in a beautiful location but pretty easy access. Despite this it’s had its fair share of visits from several esteemed graff artists and the less-esteemed metal fairies have also paid this place a few visits too. Sadly, some idiots have smashed the place up a bit and lit small fires. Despite this it’s well worth a visit and an hour of so of your time.

3. The Pictures

Viewed from the main road looking towards Stanley Reservoir:

img9972 by HughieDW, on Flickr

We had really lovely light the morning we visited:

img9974 by HughieDW, on Flickr

img0017 by HughieDW, on Flickr

Welcomed by a nice bit of Coloquix:

img9976 by HughieDW, on Flickr

Not sure of the artist who did this:

img9977 by HughieDW, on Flickr

Or this:

img9978 by HughieDW, on Flickr

In we go:

img0015 by HughieDW, on Flickr

BCWW 12 by HughieDW, on Flickr

img9987 by HughieDW, on Flickr

BCWW 05 by HughieDW, on Flickr

BCWW 11 by HughieDW, on Flickr

Love this piece of art:

BCWW 03 by HughieDW, on Flickr

Roof shot:

img9985 by HughieDW, on Flickr

And on to the main hall:

img0013 by HughieDW, on Flickr

img9990 by HughieDW, on Flickr

img9991 by HughieDW, on Flickr

img0003 by HughieDW, on Flickr

img0007 by HughieDW, on Flickr

BCWW 07 by HughieDW, on Flickr

And more graff by this chap:

img9992 by HughieDW, on Flickr

img9993 by HughieDW, on Flickr

BCWW 09 by HughieDW, on Flickr

And on to the room at the back of the works:

img9994 by HughieDW, on Flickr

img9995 by HughieDW, on Flickr

img9998 by HughieDW, on Flickr

img9996 by HughieDW, on Flickr

And another bit of Coloquix on the way out:

BCWW 13 by HughieDW, on Flickr
 

Scoobysrt

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28DL Full Member
Nice report.
There's a few new bits of graffitti done in the last month or so, the grey alien type woman thing is quite common on the matlock explores. Ive taken friends here a few times trying to get them interested in urbex until (assumedly) human shit started appearing on the floor then I've not been so much lol.
Sometimes the doors of the little building are unlocked but you're not missing much just an office and some piping etc. The logbook shows them checking the place every 6-12 months from memory. From time to time a homeless guys sleeps in there, he hides his stuff on the lower level where the water is.

It's worth a stroll across the road up to solomens temple for some great views. Across the valley at the top of the hill is a vast maze of underground tunnels used for storing ammunition etc in the war. It's now a storage place for a transport buisness. At one point there was also a mushroom factory in there but I think they've closed down.
The officers buildings etc were where the hse site is now.
 
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Scoobysrt

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Edit, I was just looking for my report on this for the pics inside the office but I can't find it, I can't seem to find a handful of my recent reports may be I'm going mad lol.
 
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danny2007

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28DL Full Member
Hi when we went searching for this we ended up driving around for hours and eventually couldn't find the place. Thinking about giving it another try. Is there a suggestion where we should aim to park up? A private message would be awesome with the instructions.
We just ended up at a race track so i think we where quite away off course.
 

paulpowers

Massive Member
Regular User
Hi when we went searching for this we ended up driving around for hours and eventually couldn't find the place. Thinking about giving it another try. Is there a suggestion where we should aim to park up? A private message would be awesome with the instructions.
We just ended up at a race track so i think we where quite away off course.
Would you like someone to draw a little map?
Maybe write down how to actually get in and the best way upstairs?

Attached is a map with exact location

Capture.JPG
 

Calamity Jane

i see beauty in the unloved, places & things
Regular User
Like this, but I do like instrusty machinery. The art work is pretty good too. I do like some graffiti as to me its art, not all but some. :thumb
 

Calamity Jane

i see beauty in the unloved, places & things
Regular User
That graft really does spoil the place. :(

Great job at getting it done.
Yeah maybe I should of rephased that, one piece of graft I found funny, the others bits not so much, not my taste. I do like well done, detailed, pieces on a wall, not on machines, I love them way more in a nature state, so agree with your statement Gronk
 

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