Swithland Reservoir Former Water Works, Leicestershire, UK

A former Victorian water works laid out in the form of a water garden. The water from Swithland Reservoir was originally cleaned here and served the population of Leicester.

Swithland Reservoir, Leicestershire
 

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Swithland Reservoir is a popular area with photographers, owing to the scenic views across the water and the surrounding countryside. Rightly so, too, the views were lovely, but we were there for another reason. Hidden away behind the reservoir lays a little Victorian secret. A former water works that was originally used to treat the water from the reservoir before it was piped to nearby Leicester.

Built to a typically over-the-top Victorian design, the central covered tank is topped by an air vent in the form of a gazebo and is surrounded by six filter beds. The works are laid out to form a lovely landscaped water garden.

Inside the large tank, brick arches emanate out from the central air vent in a hexagonal pattern. Small windows around the perimeter provide beams of light cutting through the darkness. Six inlet pipes which would have once connected to the filtration tanks remain.

Swithland Reservoir - Reflections of the Victorian times

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Swithland Reservoir – Reflections of the Victorian times

Our Visit
After a fail earlier in the day Spider Monkey, Darbians and I were looking for somewhere else to explore and decided to head over to the reservoir. I didn’t hold out much hope for this place but it turned out to be a really enjoyable explore with lots of potential for creative shots, lots of spiders and lots of echoing lols!

 

Swithland Reservoir - Pillars from the corner of the reservoir

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Swithland Reservoir – Pillars from the corner of the reservoir

Swithland Reservoir - Arches

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Swithland Reservoir – Arches

Swithland Reservoir - Light in arches

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Swithland Reservoir – Light in arches

Swithland Reservoir - Victorian brick arches and columns

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Swithland Reservoir – Victorian brick arches and columns

Swithland Reservoir - Candle lit

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Swithland Reservoir – Candle lit

Swithland Reservoir - Candle lit

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Swithland Reservoir – Candle lit

Swithland Reservoir - Silhouette in the light

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Swithland Reservoir – Silhouette in the light

Swithland Reservoir - Silhouette

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Swithland Reservoir – Silhouette

Swithland Reservoir - Abduction

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Swithland Reservoir – Abduction

Swithland Reservoir - Rows of columns

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Swithland Reservoir – Rows of columns

Swithland Reservoir - View from the corner

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Swithland Reservoir – View from the corner

Swithland Reservoir - Lots of columns

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Swithland Reservoir – Lots of columns

Swithland Reservoir - Beams of light from the little windows

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Swithland Reservoir – Beams of light from the little windows

Swithland Reservoir - Above the reservoir

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Swithland Reservoir – Above the reservoir

Swithland Reservoir - Grounds entrance

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Swithland Reservoir – Grounds entrance

Swithland Reservoir - Pathway

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Swithland Reservoir – Pathway

Swithland Reservoir - On the top

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Swithland Reservoir – On the top

Swithland Reservoir - Steps to top

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Swithland Reservoir – Steps to top

Swithland Reservoir - Gazebo on top

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Swithland Reservoir – Gazebo on top

Swithland Reservoir - The main reservoir

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Swithland Reservoir – The main reservoir

Further Reading If you enjoyed this report please also see Darbians' Swithland Reservoir Report on his website

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