Brushes Reservoir

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Brushes Reservoir and dam

Brushes Reservoir is the second lowest reservoir of a series of four in the Brushes valley above Stalybridge in Greater Manchester.[1] It was built in the 19th century to provide a supply of safe drinking water. It is owned and operated by United Utilities. The reservoir dam consists of a clay core within an earth embankment.


Board Reservoirs
Name Depths of Reservoirs (ft.) Capacities of Reservoirs (Gallons)
Walker Wood 61 202,084,000
Brushes 44 52,165,000
Lower Swineshaw 33 55,500,000
Higher Swineshaw 53 168,908,000
*Total - 882,939,000 [2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Seven of the best places to enjoy a reservoir walk". Manchester Evening News. M.E.N. Media. Retrieved 3 December 2016.
  2. ^ "Ashton under Lyne Genealogical Records". Forebears. Section:Historical description: Forebears. Retrieved 3 December 2016.

Coordinates: 53°29′19″N 2°00′42″W / 53.4887°N 2.0116°W / 53.4887; -2.0116