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



HughieD

28DL Regular User
Regular User
#1
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:

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by HughieDW, on Flickr

We had really lovely light the morning we visited:

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by HughieDW, on Flickr

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by HughieDW, on Flickr

Welcomed by a nice bit of Coloquix:

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by HughieDW, on Flickr

Not sure of the artist who did this:

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by HughieDW, on Flickr

Or this:

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by HughieDW, on Flickr

In we go:

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by HughieDW, on Flickr

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by HughieDW, on Flickr

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by HughieDW, on Flickr

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by HughieDW, on Flickr

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by HughieDW, on Flickr

Love this piece of art:

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by HughieDW, on Flickr

Roof shot:

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by HughieDW, on Flickr

And on to the main hall:

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by HughieDW, on Flickr

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by HughieDW, on Flickr

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by HughieDW, on Flickr

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by HughieDW, on Flickr

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by HughieDW, on Flickr

BCWW 07
by HughieDW, on Flickr

And more graff by this chap:

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by HughieDW, on Flickr

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by HughieDW, on Flickr

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by HughieDW, on Flickr

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

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by HughieDW, on Flickr

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by HughieDW, on Flickr

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by HughieDW, on Flickr

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by HughieDW, on Flickr

And another bit of Coloquix on the way out:

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by HughieDW, on Flickr
 

Scoobysrt

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28DL Full Member
#4
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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28DL Full Member
#5
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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