Underground Victorian Reservoir, Clayton-le-Woods

It’s amazing how many things are on your own doorstep that you never know anything about.

Browsing Facebook last week during my lunch hour, I noticed a post about a reservoir in Clayton-le-Woods near Chorley that was to be opened up for people to visit.  Hang on, a what in where?  I’ve lived within 5 miles of Clayton-le-Woods all my life and pass through it regularly but I’ve never seen or heard about a reservoir there!

The impressive brick built Victorian reservoir was built in 1884 and used to store clean drinking water for Leyland. The reservoir, which was decommissioned 21 years ago, is buried underground just off the A6 down Back Lane, Clayton-le-Woods.  Despite efforts to try and make the reservoir a listed building, the request has never been successful and unfortunately it will now be flattened in order to build 14 new houses.  It’s a shame something that appears to be in great condition and has history to it is to be flatted to make way for yet more generic houses!

The reservoir is open between 10am and 4pm every day until Saturday 2nd November 2013 and there’s no entry fee to walk around, just turn up!  Hopefully I’ll have a chance to get down there again before it closes.

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4 comments about Underground Victorian Reservoir, Clayton-le-Woods

  1. Christine Taylor says:

    Lovely photos and such a shame it will be gone!

  2. Adrian says:

    I visited the reservoir and what a place it was,the atmosphere was amazing.the history behind it.If you google earth the site where it was you can see the potential that was there for the place.there was ample room for parking etc and it would have made a fantastic restaurant/theatre/cinema/concert hall….. not to mention one hell of a home.But hey what is a piece of history showing the victorian craftsmanship of the time when there are bland cheaply built houses to throw up.

    • Martin says:

      You’re right Adrian, I’m sure they could have done much more with the site. Such a shame that something like this can just be knocked down to make way for houses!

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