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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