Water supply and sewage



Haweswater (R.Baker)

Cumbria sites listed in the MMP Step Three report for water and sewage industries:

Site Grid ref Grade Notes
Thirlmere Reservoir 1890-94 NY 3094 1895 ++ England’s first masonry dam
Thirlmere Aqueduct 1890-94 NY 321 149 ++ Part of Manchester Corporation’s 1890s impounding scheme. It remains in use with numerous bridges of technological and architectural interest
Thirlmere Aqueduct – Thickholme Bridge NY 410 016 +/++ Aqueduct bridge, important architecturally
Thirlmere Aqueduct – pipe bridge on the R.Mint SD 528 948 + Aqueduct bridge, important architecturally
Penrith Leat 1400-19 NY 491 329 R/+ Documented medieval leat that supplied township of Penrith. SMR identifies it with Thacka Beck to NW of town. This beck is a V shaped channel that can be traced from an intake on R.Petteril to NW of Penrith
Haweswater Reservoir and Aqueduct 1929-41 NY 5029 1576 ++ First British mass concrete buttress dam. Substantial survival of associated navvy camp
Roman Aqueduct NY 6065 0600 + Substantial fragment of Roman leat that served Low Borrowbridge fort. Survives as well-defined earthworks

The grading system:

++ Sites of clear national importance, for which statutory protection will normally be appropriate

+   Sites of national importance, but of less priority for resource allocation

R  Sites of regional rather than national importance

Thirlmere mines (and the drowning of the valley) : Ian Tyler, Blue Rock Publications, 1999

The Thirlmere and Haweswater aqueducts feature in the Hidden Manchester website.

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