Queen Mary Reservoir
|Queen Mary Reservoir|
|Basin countries||United Kingdom|
|Surface area||2.8 km2 (1.1 sq mi)|
|Water volume||30.6 Gl (6.7×109 imp gal) |
The Queen Mary Reservoir is one of the largest of London's reservoirs supplying fresh water to London and parts of surrounding counties and is in the borough of Spelthorne in Surrey. The reservoir covers 707 acres (2.86 km2) and lies 45 ft (14 m) above the surrounding area.
Designed by John Watson Gibson for the Metropolitan Water Board and opened in 1925, the reservoir since the organisation's formation has been owned by Thames Water. It was named after the Queen Consort of the time, Mary of Teck, and a plaque commemorates the event.
In 1943, during world war II, the reservoir was used for testing submersibles (predecessor to submarines). The submersible was nicknamed "Sleeping Beauty". In 2010 Prince Philip visited the reservoir to unveil a modern replica of the submersibles tested here. The model is on display at the Eden Camp museum near Malton in North Yorkshire.
The Queen Mary Sailing Club is a members sailing club on the reservoir. It owns a subsidiary company Queen Mary Sailsports, bringing all training operations "in house".
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Queen Mary Reservoir.|
- Queen Mary Sailing Club website Archived January 20, 2016, at the Wayback Machine. History (pdf)
- "History of the Queen Mary Reservoir - Village Matters". Village Matters. Retrieved 25 April 2014.
- Spelthorne Borough Council A Walk round Laleham village Archived November 3, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.