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Thread: Kinder Water Treatment Works, Hayfield, Derby Auguust 2020

  1. #1
    Join Date
    January 2013
    People's Republic of South Yorkshire.

    Default Kinder Water Treatment Works, Hayfield, Derby Auguust 2020

    1. The History
    Kinder Water Treatment Works is located near Hayfield in the High Peak region of Derbyshire. It was built in 1912 to filter the water from Kinder Reservoir before it was piped to local homes and businesses. The brick building with its rows of arched windows and skylights is a familiar landmark to locals and visitors to the Kinder Valley. Kinder Water Treatment Work’s future became uncertain when in 1995 when the filtration plant and water storage facilities became redundant when United Utilities diverted the water from Kinder reservoir to the new Wybersley water treatment plant near Stockport.

    Picture from the Grand Opening Day in 1912:

    Kinder-WTW-opening-1912 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    More recent archive picture:

    Kinder-WTW newer by HughieDW, on Flickr

    The Filter House, as it is known, is now empty following the removal of the 24 free-standing mechanical filters which were state-of-the-art in their day. The internal floor space is around 10,000 square feet and the building sits in landscaped grounds of 0.91 hectares. Bench Architects were appointed by United Utilities Property Ltd to carry out a condition survey and archive research informing the feasibility proposals for the conversion of the building to residential as a prelude to putting it on the market back in 2015. You can see their plans HERE However it appears no one was up for a Grand Designs style project and it has been empty ever since.

    2. The Explore
    Seem to have done quite a few water treatment works of recent. For this one we had a tip-off that this place was open so me and my non-forum member mate hopped in the car and took the hour drive over here. It was a lovely walk up to the waterworks and entry, once we’d found the entry point was easy enough. It’s a lovely building but is pretty empty inside. That said though it was well worth the trip over.

    3. The Pictures

    Following in hallowed footsteps:

    img8150 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    A few externals:

    img8144 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img8143 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img8147 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Spillway from the reservoir:

    img8145 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img8146 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    The metal thieves have had a field day here:

    Kinder 02 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img8142 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Kinder 01 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Kinder 03 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    What is says on the tin!

    img8114 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    These hoppers were fun:

    img8116 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img8139 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    And to the downstairs room:

    img8118 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    It was a bit dark and dank in here:

    img8134 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Kinder 08 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    George Barnsley’s flashback:

    img8136 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    And on to the main show:

    img8123 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img8120 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Loving the old doors:

    img8128 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Always useful to have a “Quick Reference Guide”:

    img8119 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    That all-important eye wash:

    img8122 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    It’s all about that roof:

    img8124 by HughieDW, on Flickr


    img8125 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img8127 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img8121 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img8126 by HughieDW, on Flickr


    img8129 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Know your water. No, your water!

    img8130 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Kinder 06 by HughieDW, on Flickr

  2. Thanks given by: etc100, Fluffy, Hugh Jorgan, Mearing, Newage, ocelot397, stu8fish, Tbolt, theartist, verdigris
  4. #2
    Join Date
    August 2016


    I rather like this sir, nice one
    Don't panic, be reet!!!

  5. Thanks given by: HughieD
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    Join Date
    January 2013
    People's Republic of South Yorkshire.

  7. #4
    Join Date
    February 2007


    Great report Hughie! A classic 'Don't make 'um like that anymore' place :)
    Aversos Compono Animos

  8. Thanks given by: HughieD
  9. #5
    Join Date
    November 2020


    Great Post! Only a handful of miles from my home, yet I've never seen nor heard anything of this place. My friend who hikes over kinder quite often had never heard of it either. Introduced another newbie to this site.

  10. Thanks given by: HughieD
  11. #6
    Join Date
    January 2020


    Here here, I quite like that too, bit different! Good work man.

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