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Sunday, 20 October 2013

Clayton-le-Woods Reservoir - October 2013

Spotting an article on the BBC website, an underground Victorian reservoir open to the public for two weeks before its demolition.

Developer Kingswood Homes should be applauded for opening its future building site up to the public for a view of this Victorian brick vaulted reservoir.

Being what many explorers would perhaps call a permission visit, it had also been featured on the local BBC TV news, so off we popped down the motorway this damp Sunday morning.

On arrival you could have sold parking tickets, as PR exercises go it was a success if the number of visitors where anything to go by.

Compared to the Bolton Womble Hole, this underground reservoir was a lot smaller than Bolton, with lower ceiling - but it had style and quality.

 Clayton-le-Woods Reservoir

Clayton-le-Woods Reservoir

Clayton-le-Woods Reservoir

Clayton-le-Woods Reservoir

Clayton-le-Woods Reservoir

Clayton-le-Woods Reservoir

With every generation of the populous represented in this dark Lancashire underworld we ended our visit via the temporary stairs we had entered, briefly pausing to allow a lady in a fur coat and high heels usher her Peppa Pig Wellington booted kids in.


- All photos taken in Bulb setting, with a rather large tripod to annoy the pensioners.

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