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Kinder Water Treatment Works, Hayfield, Derby Auguust 2020

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HughieD

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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:

50497911358_2a259c1bb4_b.jpgKinder-WTW-opening-1912 by HughieDW, on Flickr

More recent archive picture:

50498623391_2ddce50f12_b.jpgKinder-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 https://www.bencharchitects.co.uk/projects/kinder-filter-house 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:

50288099666_0b09d606ea_b.jpgimg8150 by HughieDW, on Flickr

A few externals:

50288104011_2078751505_b.jpgimg8144 by HughieDW, on Flickr

50288104611_5149d4c9c0_b.jpgimg8143 by HughieDW, on Flickr

50287427073_dfe86f3aa3_b.jpgimg8147 by HughieDW, on Flickr

Spillway from the reservoir:

50288254877_8bcfeacf4e_b.jpgimg8145 by HughieDW, on Flickr

50287427773_e3d424e9e5_b.jpgimg8146 by HughieDW, on Flickr

The metal thieves have had a field day here:

50288279557_bf5995cf1e_b.jpgKinder 02 by HughieDW, on Flickr

50288256817_6af27d337a_b.jpgimg8142 by HughieDW, on Flickr

50288279697_3510d0ba4d_b.jpgKinder 01 by HughieDW, on Flickr

50287453153_341329720c_b.jpgKinder 03 by HughieDW, on Flickr

What is says on the tin!

50288270277_f58d6bb136_b.jpgimg8114 by HughieDW, on Flickr

These hoppers were fun:

50288117401_b15f73d581_b.jpgimg8116 by HughieDW, on Flickr

50288106426_0a35f35957_b.jpgimg8139 by HughieDW, on Flickr

And to the downstairs room:

50288267907_24051dcf54_b.jpgimg8118 by HughieDW, on Flickr

It was a bit dark and dank in here:

50288107606_8e73913883_b.jpgimg8134 by HughieDW, on Flickr

50287451973_7809cbbdac_b.jpgKinder 08 by HughieDW, on Flickr

George Barnsley’s flashback:

50288258367_2d3008d4a5_b.jpgimg8136 by HughieDW, on Flickr

And on to the main show:

50287438503_e6cfb91968_b.jpgimg8123 by HughieDW, on Flickr

50287440733_6bf5fe4139_b.jpgimg8120 by HughieDW, on Flickr

Loving the old doors:

50288109636_20781cdeca_b.jpgimg8128 by HughieDW, on Flickr

Always useful to have a “Quick Reference Guide”:

50287441308_cf245d277d_b.jpgimg8119 by HughieDW, on Flickr

That all-important eye wash:

50288264957_4c44903f82_b.jpgimg8122 by HughieDW, on Flickr

It’s all about that roof:

50288112131_52abb6c40a_b.jpgimg8124 by HughieDW, on Flickr

Innit?

50288111596_5031a024dd_b.jpgimg8125 by HughieDW, on Flickr

50287435868_1c29aef268_b.jpgimg8127 by HughieDW, on Flickr

50287439948_1e603ca025_b.jpgimg8121 by HughieDW, on Flickr

50287436448_828d077307_b.jpgimg8126 by HughieDW, on Flickr

Pipetastic!

50287434648_641d163a44_b.jpgimg8129 by HughieDW, on Flickr

Know your water. No, your water!

50288108331_be998b28e9_b.jpgimg8130 by HughieDW, on Flickr


50288278587_559d88ab0a_b.jpgKinder 06 by HughieDW, on Flickr
 

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

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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.
 

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I was immmediately reminded of the 1930s Kinder Scout mass trespass, also the Communist folk hero Ewan MacColl (less romantic real name James Henry Miller) and his BBC Radio Ballads of the 1950s-1960s.
 

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Spiffing! Top job, I've passed that building a few times on dog walks and intended to have a peek inside at some point but never got around to it. In the 70s I worked for a company who made control systems for plants like that. It brought back memories of servicing filter systems in Oxford, Stirling and Cork. Some of those pumps and pipes are for compressed air used as part of the filter cleaning process where air was bubbled up from the bottom causing the sand etc particles to scrub against each other to loosten the muck on them. Water was then reverse flushed up through the filters to wash the loosened debris away to a settling tank where it could be dug out and spread somewhere. I remember one amusing incident when a fault opened all the upwash valves at once causing all the filters to overflow flooding the little downstairs room where the water works men hid with a kettle, electric fire, news papers and toaster when they should have been working. I'll never forget the sight of them running down the front steps of the building clutching their snap boxes pursued by a small tidal wave.
 

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Spiffing! Top job, I've passed that building a few times on dog walks and intended to have a peek inside at some point but never got around to it. In the 70s I worked for a company who made control systems for plants like that. It brought back memories of servicing filter systems in Oxford, Stirling and Cork. Some of those pumps and pipes are for compressed air used as part of the filter cleaning process where air was bubbled up from the bottom causing the sand etc particles to scrub against each other to loosten the muck on them. Water was then reverse flushed up through the filters to wash the loosened debris away to a settling tank where it could be dug out and spread somewhere. I remember one amusing incident when a fault opened all the upwash valves at once causing all the filters to overflow flooding the little downstairs room where the water works men hid with a kettle, electric fire, news papers and toaster when they should have been working. I'll never forget the sight of them running down the front steps of the building clutching their snap boxes pursued by a small tidal wave.
That's a lovely back-story mate.
 

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