NZ0867 : Aqueduct east of Whittle Dene Water Treatment Works

taken 7 years ago, near to Harlow Hill, Northumberland, Great Britain

Aqueduct east of Whittle Dene Water Treatment Works
Aqueduct east of Whittle Dene Water Treatment Works
Formerly used to transport water from the Whittle Dene Reservoirs to Throckley by a system of aqueducts and tunnels. The track on the left provides access to Northside Farm.
Whittle Dene Reservoir :: NZ0667
Whittle Dene is a series of seven small reservoirs owned by Northumbrian Water LinkExternal link

They are the southernmost in a water supply chain that starts with Catcleugh Reservoir close to the England - Scotland border NT7303. The other reservoirs that form the chain, connected by aqueducts and tunnels LinkExternal link roughly following the line of the A68, are Colt Crag NY9378, Little Swinburne NY9477 and Hallington Reservoirs NY9676. Together they supply water for domestic and industrial use on Tyneside and some outlying settlements.

The Whittle Dene complex was completed between 1848 and 1888, Catcleugh in 1906. The maximum depth is 11m, the surface area 17 hectares with a shoreline of 1.6km. Some 25 million gallons of water are supplied daily via the adjacent treatment works.

The Great Northern Reservoir at Whittle Dene is managed as a nature reserve. The other areas are used for fishing.

Photos of Whittle Dene: LinkExternal link
Wikipedia: LinkExternal link
Northumbrian Water (pdf): LinkExternal link
Throckley Aqueduct :: NZ1266
A few photographs taken to illustrate a study of the course of the former Throckley Aqueduct constructed as open-cut channel, tunnel and pipeline in 1869 by the Newcastle & Gateshead Water Company to take water from Whittle Dene Reservoir to Throckley Filters. This water course was for many years the major supply of water for domestic use on Tyneside.

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Date Taken
Friday, 10 February, 2012   (more nearby)
Friday, 10 February, 2012
Geographical Context
Lowlands  Farm, Fishery, Market Gardening  Water resources 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NZ 0802 6738 [10m precision]
WGS84: 55:0.0558N 1:52.5696W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NZ 0797 6738
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