Wessenden Head Reservoir

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  • location: Wessenden Valley, above Marsden
  • status: still exists
  • category: reservoir

Construction started in March 1877 and was completed in August 1881 at a cost of around £57,500.

The reservoir is part of a descending chain of four reservoirs in the Wessenden Valley: Wessenden Head Reservoir, Wessenden Reservoir, Blakeley Reservoir and Butterley Reservoir.

The reservoir is fed by Pudding Real Clough, Rushy Sike Clough, Wicken Grain, and Loadley Clough.

In January 1969, the reservoir was temporarily taken out of commission after being polluted by agricultural chemicals.[1]


Notes and References

  1. "End of the Sixties" in Huddersfield Examiner (27/Dec/1969).