History of the Huddersfield Water Supplies (1939) by T.W. Woodhead

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The History of the Huddersfield Water Supplies was the tenth in the series of Tolson Museum handbooks and was written by local academic T.W. Woodhead. It was published in 1939 and printed by Wheatley, Dyson & Son of New Street.

The book covers the history of water supplies in the Huddersfield area, from the Sir John Ramsden Waterworks of 1743 through to the construction of Digley Reservoir in the late 1930s, and include 58 photographs and illustrations.

Copyright Status

Under the terms of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988, the copyright of literary, dramatic, musical or artistic works in the United Kingdom expires at the end of the period of 70 years from the end of the calendar year in which the author dies.

The author, Thomas William Woodhead, died on 8 March 1940 and copyright on his works expired at the end of 2010.


page contents
3 Preface
8 Bibliography
9 Chapter I : Geology, Topography and Rainfall of the Huddersfield District
21 Chapter II : Early Water Supplies — The Sir John Ramsden Waterworks, 1743 ; the Sir John Ramsden Canal, 1780 ; the Huddersfield Canal Company, 1798. Market Place Scheme and Bradley Spout.
34 Chapter III : Public Wells, Cisterns, and Watering Places — Private Supplies and Local Waterworks Companies.
46 Chapter IV : Waterworks Commissioners — Longwood Reservoirs ; Wessenden Commissioners ; Commissioners of the Holme Reservoirs ; Improvement Commissioners ; Incorporation and Transfer of Waterworks.
61 Chapter V : Incorporation of the Borough — Waterworks Undertakings ; Central Pennines as an area of Supply ; Conditions in the Catchment Area. Storage Reservoirs : Deerhill, Blackmoorfoot, Wessenden, Wessenden Head, Wessenden Springs, Blakeley, Butterley, Deanhead.
85 Chapter VI : Underground Water Supplies — Boreholes. Brow Grains, Blackmoorfoot, Isle of Skye, Deanhead.
93 Chapter VII : Analysis and Bacteriological Examination of Water. Polluted Wells and Cisterns.
100 Chapter VIII : Sources of Pollution ; Filtration; Slow Sand Filters ; Pressure Filters ; Filter Stations ; Lime Treatment ; Chlorination ; Lead Poisoning.
113 Chapter IX : Service Reservoirs — Capacities ; Variations in Rainfall ; Capacities of Storage Reservoirs during drought periods ; Pumping from Blakeley Reservoir ; Quantity of water from Boreholes during drought.
120 Chapter X : Testing and Inspection of Fittings, Pipes and Mains — Detection of Waste ; Reconditioning of Mains ; Incrustation of Water Pipes ; Cause of Incrustations.
124 Chapter XI : Statistics and Finance — Average consumption per day, 1928-1938 ; Growth of Waterworks Undertakings, 1878-1938. Statistics of County Borough and District of Waterworks Supply ; Census Population, 1831-1931.
126 Chapter XII : Need for Further Water Supplies — Effect of Drought Periods ; Conditions in the Colne Valley ; Holme Valley Supplies ; The New Digley Reservoir.