Fewston Reservoir

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Fewston Reservoir
Reservoir, with the overflow in the foreground
Location Yorkshire
Coordinates 53°59′10″N 1°43′29″W / 53.9861°N 1.7246°W / 53.9861; -1.7246Coordinates: 53°59′10″N 1°43′29″W / 53.9861°N 1.7246°W / 53.9861; -1.7246
Type reservoir
Primary inflows Washburn
Primary outflows Swinsty Reservoir
Basin countries United Kingdom

Fewston Reservoir is located in the Washburn valley north of Otley and west of Harrogate in Yorkshire, England. It was built in 1879. The capacity is about 3.5 million cubic metres. It can be found from the A59 road.

The overflow from the reservoir feeds directly into the adjoining Swinsty Reservoir. Formerly, this overflow was encircled by a metal walkway from which floodboards could be lowered,[1] but this has since been removed.


The reservoir was built by the Leeds Waterworks Company under the management of Robert Brooks. Consultants were Thomas Hawksley of Westminster and Edward Filliter of Leeds. Work began in 1874 and was completed in 1879.[2]

Early in the work, Fewston Mill was demolished, as was West House Mill at Blubberhouses, with the stone going to build a wall around the reservoir.[2] Much of the machinery, including the locomotives for the narrow gauge railway, came from the construction of neighbouring Swinsty Reservoir.


  1. ^ Washburn Valley Yesterday Vol II by David Alred. ISBN 1-85825-160-5
  2. ^ a b Lesser Railways of the Yorkshire Dales and the Dam Builders in the Age of Steam by Harold D Bowtell, ISBN 1-871980-09-7

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