Deanhead Reservoir

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Deanhead Reservoir
Deanhead Reservoir.jpg
Location Kirklees, West Yorkshire
Coordinates 53°37′58″N 1°56′39″W / 53.63278°N 1.94417°W / 53.63278; -1.94417Coordinates: 53°37′58″N 1°56′39″W / 53.63278°N 1.94417°W / 53.63278; -1.94417
Lake type reservoir
Basin countries United Kingdom
Surface area 6.7 hectares (17 acres)[1]
Surface elevation 988 feet (301 m)

Deanhead Reservoir is a reservoir near Scammonden, in the metropolitan district of Kirklees, West Yorkshire, England.

It is named after Dean Head, a village that was mostly submerged during construction of the dam. Construction started in 1838 and it opened a year later, almost 140 years before Scammonden Reservoir (its downstream neighbour) was opened in 1971.[2][3] Water flowing out of Deanhead forms Black Burne Brook which now feeds into Scammonden Water.[4] Deanhead reservoir was originally constructed to supply water to the factories in the Blackburn Valley that was downstream of the reservoir.[5] During the 1995 drought, the outlines of foundations of buildings in the village were visible.

Deanhead also is the name of a Pennine pass to the south of the reservoir, which carries the A640 from Huddersfield to Denshaw, following the course of a Roman road.[which?]


  1. ^ "Deanhead Reservoir". British Lakes. Retrieved 22 July 2016. 
  2. ^ "History of the Huddersfield Water Supplies (1939) - Chapter V". Huddersfield Exposed. Retrieved 22 July 2016. 
  3. ^ "Scammonden Dam". Engineering Timelines. Retrieved 22 July 2016. 
  4. ^ "Teeter around the edge of Scammonden Reservoir". Halifax Courier. 30 June 2015. Retrieved 22 July 2016. 
  5. ^ Gibson, Mel (16 August 2008). "Into a secret valley; Cycle ride The Blackburn Valley and Scammonden". The Huddersfield Daily Examiner: 12. ISSN 0962-1644.