SK2890 : Damflask reservoir spillway

taken 6 years ago, near to Dungworth, Sheffield, Great Britain

Damflask reservoir spillway
Damflask reservoir spillway
The Damflask reservoir, together with the Agden, Dale Dike and Strines reservoirs higher up, regulates the river level of the river Loxley. It was built in 1896 for this purpose as well as to supply drinking water to Sheffield. Until the 1930s, the water level had to be tightly controlled because of the high density of water-driven rolling mills and forges on the Loxley between here and Malin Bridge. Most of these have closed since the 1950s or have been converted to electrical power.
Loxley Valley Walk, Geograph Conference 2012 :: SK2989
A selection of images taken by various Geograph members on an organised walk up the Loxley valley on the day after the 2012 conference in Sheffield.
Damflask Reservoir
This is the largest and newest of the reservoirs in the Loxley River catchment area. It opened in 1897 for the Sheffield Corporation Waterworks; due to leakage problems it had been over 20 years in construction.
Unlike the higher reservoirs, Damflask was never intended for public water supply, instead being a compensation reservoir used to regulate water flow in the river for the benefit of the many industrial sites dependent on water power along the River Loxley. The two curving outlets at the foot of the dam are where the supply issues, controlled from the two pyramidal valve houses on the dam wall.
The dam itself is approximately 400 metres wide at the top, with a maximum height of 28 metres, and the reservoir has a capacity of nearly 5 million cubic metres of water. It now provides for sailing and fishing, and there is an easy-access circuit around the shore.
The name of the reservoir derives from the hamlet of Damflask. This was destroyed in the great flood of 1864 when the Dale Dyke Dam collapsed, and was never rebuilt because of the plans for the new Damflask Reservoir.
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Date Taken
Thursday, 5 April, 2012   (more nearby)
Monday, 9 April, 2012
Geographical Context
Industry  Water resources 
Place (from Tags)
Stacey Bank 
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Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SK 2849 9050 [10m precision]
WGS84: 53:24.6329N 1:34.3725W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SK 2871 9054
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WEST (about 270 degrees)
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