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Thread: The Plughole/Filtration Building, Redmires Resevoir, near Sheffield, February 2018

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

    Default The Plughole/Filtration Building, Redmires Resevoir, near Sheffield, February 2018

    1. The History
    The Redmires Reservoirs are a group of three reservoirs in Fulwood, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England. They are fed from various small streams rising from the Hallam Moors by including Fairthorn Clough. The three reservoirs are named Upper, Middle and Lower and date back to 1836 They were created to provide clean drinking water via a water course down to Barker's Pool 5½ miles away following Sheffield’s devastating cholera epidemic in 1832.

    The former The Water Treatment Works/Filter Station on Long Causeway has been long decommissioned when it closed around 1997. It was stripped of its machinery and apparatus in 2013. It is currently on the market with Reeds Rains at a guide price of £277,000. It are located beside the Lower reservoir and date back to 1950. They supplied water to the south-western outer environs of Sheffield via the Ringlow and Rudd Hill service reservoirs. The systems utilized seven horizontal pressure filters (installed at its inception in 1950) and a clear water tank which was installed 1983. Preliminary treatment of the water was carried out in the lower reservoir before it was filtered. Lime was added to separate the natural aluminium from the water, making it clump together so it could be filtered out.

    Despite the works producing water below modern standards it was of a satisfactory colour and cleanliness, and despite high iron and aluminium levels, was still safe to drink. A new plant was constructed opposite the old works in the mid-80s and with used the Sirofloc Process. The water from this new plant was then piped to the old works to be filtered as a final process.

    Back on to the main road and up the hill towards the top reservoir, on the left can be found the Redmires Reservoir Plughole. It was a later addition to the dam constructed sometime in the late 50s/early 60s.

    2. The Explore
    Was a beautiful day to check out Redmires Reservoir with a dusting of snow and bright sun-light. There were works on the road just outside and in view of the filtration works and also next to the plughole or “Wasoooo”. Hence only a brief peak inside the now stripped works and entry to the plughole from the outfall rather than climbing down it. All-in-all a very enjoyable hour or so here.

    3 The Pictures
    A few random outlying buildings near the filtration works:

    img5358 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img5361 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img5366 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img5368 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img5369 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    On to the Filtration plant itself:

    img5371 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img5373 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img5374 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img5375 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img5376 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img5377 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Quick peek inside:

    img5378 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img5382 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    On to the plughole or “Wasoooo” as it is nick-named:
    img5488 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img5389 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    This was an old reservoir worker’s refuge:

    img5392 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img5393 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img5484 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    And in we go:

    img5480 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img5478 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img5475 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Up the smooth echo-ey concrete pipe section:

    img5471 by HughieDW, on Flickr


    img5466 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    …into the wider rectangular section:

    img5463 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img5462 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    …and on to the bottom of the plughole:

    img5458 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Random speaker down there:

    img5457 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    And toad!

    img5455 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    And back out:

    Redmires 10 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img5447 by HughieDW, on Flickr

  2. Thanks given by: ajarb, Gromr, Hugh Jorgan, krela, Locksley, Malenis, Mearing, Mikeymutt, prettyvacant71, psykie, rockfordstone, Sabtr, The Wombat, thorfrun, Tigershark
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    Join Date
    October 2013


    It's like a mini lady blower plug hole.another great and unique place
    I like to go where others fear to tread.

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


    Quote Originally Posted by Mikeymutt View Post
    It's like a mini lady blower plug hole.another great and unique place
    Cheers Mikey - yeah - it is isn't it! One on my list to do!

  7. #4
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    September 2015
    Canvey Island


    Loving the pipe shots. Great report :-)

  8. Thanks given by: HughieD
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    April 2012


    That toad can still be resuscitated, sorry lookin at shots through tunnels makes me say weird stuff...

  10. Thanks given by: HughieD
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    March 2013


    Interesting looking place
    thanks for sharing Hughie
    Black cat exploring company
    & LSD - Leicester Super Derpers

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