In February 2020 United Utilities, the company that provides the North West of England with water, fully drained the reservoir. Below are some photo's I took in and around he reservoir on 7th February, a lovely February day. I had never, in all my years, seen it drained and it may well be another 30 or more years before it's drained again.


The north embankment

Outlet - with partly damaged cage

This used to have anopening / closing mechanism that ran to the top of the embankment and was anchored on each of the slabs going up the embamkment


A close up of the mechanism, which has not seen the light of day for decades


Above the outlet cage is this covered shaft


Taken from the eastern side of the reservoir


Natural strata and an unnatural bucket


The south eastern corner and it was covered in frost as the sun hadn't got high enough to thaw it


Looking from the south embankment


The Victorians certainly built things properly. This was built to safeguard the reservoir bed. It's an inlet from the hills above. Always underwater - but not now!


Looking up the same inlet - note how there are two in flows - one above the other


Looking over the reservoir to the north embankment


The south embankment


The main overflow - which discharges in Anglezarke reservoir


The top of the overflow


Is this an old outlet to the disused reservoir beyond Anglezarke reservoir?




A solitary rock in the middle of the reservoir bed


The rock - it wont be seen again for a very long time


What looks like a track heading down the embankment - possibly built to allow removal of earth when building he reservoir. There are two tracks going down from the gat at the North west corner


Another view of the track


United Utilities explain why the reservoir is empty


Window sill at Brook House