Dale Dike Reservoir
|Dale Dike Reservoir|
Dale Dike Reservoir (dam)
|Primary inflows||Dale Dike|
|Primary outflows||Dale Dike|
|Basin countries||United Kingdom|
|Surface area||23.4 hectares (58 acres)|
Dale Dike Reservoir or Dale Dyke Reservoir (grid reference ) is a reservoir in the north-east Peak District, in the City of Sheffield South Yorkshire, England, a mile (1.6 km) west of Bradfield and eight miles (13 km) from the centre of Sheffield, on the Dale Dike, a tributary of the River Loxley.
Along with three other reservoirs around the village of Bradfield — Agden, Damflask and Strines — it was constructed between 1859 and 1864 by the Sheffield Waterworks Company to guarantee a supply of water to power the mills downstream and to supply drinking water to the growing population of Sheffield. The architect was John Gunson.
Great Sheffield Flood
In 1864 the newly built dam failed, causing the Great Sheffield Flood, which caused massive damage downstream along the Loxley and Don and through the centre of Sheffield. There were 244 fatalities.
The new dam
The dam was rebuilt in 1875 and is still in use, holding 446 million imperial gallons (2,030,000 m3) of water, now used exclusively for domestic purposes. It is owned by Yorkshire Water, part of the Kelda Group.
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- A COMPLETE HISTORY of the GREAT FLOOD AT SHEFFIELD
- "Meet The Gunsons". Retrieved 1 December 2015.
- "Bradfield historical society" (PDF). Retrieved 2 August 2016.
- Bradfield and the Dale Dike Dam Disaster
- [dead link]Yorkshire Water :: Dale Dike reservoir
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