Redmires Water Treatment works, Sheffield, September 2019

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People's Republic of South Yorkshire.
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 Water Treatment Works/Filter Station can be found on Long Causeway. It is located beside the Lower reservoir and dates 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.

The waterworks were decommissioned when it closed around 1997. It was stripped of its machinery and apparatus in 2013. The works was on the market with Reeds Rains at a guide price of £277,000 a couple of years ago and sold. Since then, though, no conversion has taken place and it sits empty and forlorn.

2. The Explore
Previously been over here to look at the plughole nearby and remember checking this place and think it was sealed up. Have forgotten about it as a while back it has been sold and had expected it to now be converted to residential use. However, when I heard to the contrary and that is was abandoned and open thought, I’d have a little mooch up there. Easy access and despite it being trashed and decommissioned, there’s enough to keep you busy for a good half an hour.

3 The Pictures

After a short trek up a muddle lane she appears:

48791405353_3034987f87_b.jpgRedmires 01 by HughieDW, on Flickr

48789117796_823fc5dd6e_b.jpgimg3346 by HughieDW, on Flickr

Wide open as open can be:

48789256117_d95ea6a0a3_b.jpgimg3356 by HughieDW, on Flickr

Date stone reads 1949:

48789105821_f73e2f2d16_b.jpgimg3358 by HughieDW, on Flickr

And we’re in:

48788744233_71c3fef328_b.jpgimg3357 by HughieDW, on Flickr

48788748148_2001b55fe1_b.jpgimg3353 by HughieDW, on Flickr

48789122061_df51599990_b.jpgimg3342bw by HughieDW, on Flickr

A basket of washers:

48789121396_baf4ea3406_b.jpgimg3343 by HughieDW, on Flickr

And a panel of meters:

48789272227_ab8361148c_b.jpgimg3340 by HughieDW, on Flickr

48788760833_5cd67f4b49_b.jpgimg3341 by HughieDW, on Flickr

48788772598_fdd554281f_b.jpgimg3324 by HughieDW, on Flickr

48788775023_f0a640c7e7_b.jpgimg3323 by HughieDW, on Flickr

48788778873_8a6bddb8da_b.jpgimg3319 by HughieDW, on Flickr

48791404623_e9796ab127_b.jpgRedmires 03 by HughieDW, on Flickr

48791404288_f975eea188_b.jpgRedmires 04 by HughieDW, on Flickr

A few bits and bobs of interest in the side rooms:

48788752548_d1a2cc6aef_b.jpgimg3347 by HughieDW, on Flickr

48791402583_98cb97010d_b.jpgRedmires 11 by HughieDW, on Flickr

48789119746_1fb42faf77_b.jpgimg3345 by HughieDW, on Flickr

Some nice decay:

48791908642_c029979139_b.jpgRedmires 13 by HughieDW, on Flickr

48791766356_52ca4523dd_b.jpgRedmires 02 by HughieDW, on Flickr

This is one of the better condition filter tanks:

48789127941_dd7240b82b_b.jpgimg3338 by HughieDW, on Flickr

48789276397_23e11033f5_b.jpgimg3333 by HughieDW, on Flickr

48788768768_3ed03d6eb6_b.jpgimg3327 by HughieDW, on Flickr

48789279912_4e6c79e9e4_b.jpgimg3326 by HughieDW, on Flickr

48791765556_4f5b02ce17_b.jpgRedmires 05 by HughieDW, on Flickr


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Still very interesting despite lots being broken or removed.
Must admit to laughing at the faded poster - I reckon someone would complain about it these days..
Did it have underground sections? I have this feeling that's all!
Interesting report that.