Swithland Reservoir Former Water Works, Leicestershire, UK

Swithland Reservoir, Leicestershire

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.

Visited October 2014 Leicestershire, UK Disused

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.

Swithland Reservoir - Reflections of the Victorian times
Swithland Reservoir – Reflections of the Victorian times

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 - Pillars from the corner of the reservoir
Swithland Reservoir – Pillars from the corner of the reservoir
Swithland Reservoir - Arches
Swithland Reservoir – Arches
 
Swithland Reservoir - Light in arches
Swithland Reservoir – Light in arches
Swithland Reservoir - Victorian brick arches and columns
Swithland Reservoir – Victorian brick arches and columns
Swithland Reservoir - Candle lit
Swithland Reservoir – Candle lit
 
Swithland Reservoir - Candle lit
Swithland Reservoir – Candle lit
Swithland Reservoir - Silhouette in the light
Swithland Reservoir – Silhouette in the light
Swithland Reservoir - Silhouette
Swithland Reservoir – Silhouette
 
Swithland Reservoir - Abduction
Swithland Reservoir – Abduction
Swithland Reservoir - Rows of columns
Swithland Reservoir – Rows of columns
Swithland Reservoir - View from the corner
Swithland Reservoir – View from the corner
 
Swithland Reservoir - Lots of columns
Swithland Reservoir – Lots of columns
Swithland Reservoir - Beams of light from the little windows
Swithland Reservoir – Beams of light from the little windows
Swithland Reservoir - Above the reservoir
Swithland Reservoir – Above the reservoir
Swithland Reservoir - Grounds entrance
Swithland Reservoir – Grounds entrance
Swithland Reservoir - Pathway
Swithland Reservoir – Pathway
Swithland Reservoir - On the top
Swithland Reservoir – On the top
 
Swithland Reservoir - Steps to top
Swithland Reservoir – Steps to top
Swithland Reservoir - Gazebo on top
Swithland Reservoir – Gazebo on top
Swithland Reservoir - The main reservoir
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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