NS4176 : Garshake Water Works

taken 10 years ago, near to Bellsmyre, West Dunbartonshire, Great Britain

Garshake Water Works
Garshake Water Works
Further ahead, in front of the building that can be seen in the distance, the track divides. The left-hand branch Link provides access to Maryland Farm (NS4176 : Track to Maryland Farm), while the right-hand branch Link leads to NS4276 : Garshake Farm.

The part of the track shown in the present photograph passes various buildings of Garshake Water Works. For those on the right, see NS4176 : Garshake Water Works: eastern building and NS4176 : Garshake Water Works: eastern building. For the building straight ahead, mentioned above, see NS4176 : Garshake Water Works: northern building.

As for the area to the left of the track, another view (NS4176 : Water storage tank) shows that there are large water storage tanks there. Two of these tanks are quite conspicuous from a distance, because they are in the form of domes, 45 and 90 feet in diameter. The water tanks themselves date from the late nineteenth century, and are depicted as circular features on 1:2500 scale OS maps from that period. However, their dome covers, which are made of aluminium, were only added in the mid-1960s.

Most of the derelict eastern buildings also date from the mid-1960s. The northern buildings at the site are more recent additions, but are likewise derelict.

One source of information regarding the history of the water works, up to 1964, is "Royal Burgh of Dumbarton / Garshake Waterworks / Garshake Filter Station Inauguration of Garshake Filter Station by Provost John Campbell, 21st November, 1964". I have drawn information from that booklet in several of the linked items. The filter station itself is shown in NS4176 : Garshake Water Works: Pressure Filter Station.

[An aside on a rather different topic: according to an article in a local newspaper in 2010, many people have been caught out by investing money in a land banking scheme in the area near the waterworks. A council spokesman was quoted in the newspaper article as saying that this area has been predominantly identified as greenbelt; this makes housing development unlikely.]

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From Garshake Road to Square Wood

This route is one of West Dunbartonshire's core paths. It starts at the top of Garshake Road. Note that only pictures taken from mid-2014 onward accurately reflect the current situation near Maryland Farm, showing the paths for walkers that were built there when the land became part of Lang Craigs Woodland; earlier pictures show, instead, an improvised but (at that time) officially approved route that served until then, and which led around the margins of a field.

Garshake Water Works

An Act of 1857 empowered Dumbarton Town Council to abstract water from the Overtoun Burn and to construct reservoirs at Garshake and the Black Linn. Further works, associated with the abstraction of water from Loch Lomond, were completed in 1960. A filter station, built on the Garshake site, was inaugurated in 1964.

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Date Taken
Thursday, 2 December, 2010   (more nearby)
Tuesday, 21 December, 2010
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Water resources 
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Waterworks > Waterworks   (more nearby)
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OSGB36: geotagged! NS 4156 7639 [10m precision]
WGS84: 55:57.2597N 4:32.3540W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NS 4150 7623
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North-northeast (about 22 degrees)
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