For over a hundred years, this underground reservoir in Clayton, Lancashire held a bellyful of water – 300 000 gallons of it to be exact – until it was drained in 1992. The Chorley Historical and Archeological Society made two applications to English Heritage for the reservoir to become a listed building but it was deemed to be ‘neither rare nor an exceptional example of its type.’
Its empty belly is now being be filled in to provide building space for a new housing development but before sending the bright, shiny bull-dozers in, Kingsway homes opened the reservoir to the public. Excellent! I love murky places where nobody ever goes so my partner and I hot-footed it over there with our cameras.