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Dean Clough Reservoir

Less than 30 minutes walk from the town centre, and with car parking even closer, is Dean Clough a small valley occupied by a small brook, one of my favourite spots in the area. In 1762 the Lords of the Manor were allowed to enclose Harwood Moor1 and farms were established but in the 1870s the stream was dammed forming reservoirs at the western end to provide water for Great Harwood.2 The loss of land and farming restrictions meant some of the farms established for 100 years were abandoned.

From the southeastern watershed looking across to Pendle.

A view across Dean Reservoirs to Pendle Hill
It could be Scotland or the Lake District but isn't.

The exposed bed od Dean Reservouir covered in snow
Photo Cris Kydd

 

 

 

 

As it was in February 1996 after the drought of 1995.

Looking north across Dean Clough and the Ribble Valley to Longridge Fell and the Trough of Bowland.

Dean Reservoir and the Ribble Valley hidden by the hills

Sometimes the clouds are lower.

View across Dean Clough and above a bank of low cloud in the Ribble Valley
The Ribble Valley is under the cloud.

Sometimes very low

Mist over Dean Reservoir

but when the mist condenses you get sheep and a view.

Mistless Dean Reservoir

The south eastern outflow

The overflow from Dean Reservoir

which isn't always needed

Dean Reservoir after the drought
Photo Chris Kydd

The overflow channel back to Dean Brook

 

 

 

but when it is the water flows back to the stream in the line of trees.

 

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Sources

1 LRO: DDHE 75/6  and  DDLX 11/1
2 LRO: DDLX 8/21 

Great Harwood Gleanings, Louie Pollard, 1978, Lancs County Council. Pages 7, 51, 99
People and Places in Great Harwood, Louie Pollard. Page 27
A Great Harwood Miscellany, Louie Pollard. Page 28
1066. Great Harwood from William the Conqueror to the Millennium, Louie Pollard, Great Harwood Civic Society, 1999. Page 22

Last updated 17th April 2020 by ifinwig
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