Walshaw Dean Reservoirs

Coordinates: 53°47′58″N 2°03′05″W / 53.7994°N 2.0514°W / 53.7994; -2.0514
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53°47′58″N 2°03′05″W / 53.7994°N 2.0514°W / 53.7994; -2.0514 Walshaw Dean Reservoirs are three reservoirs situated above Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, England. They are between Hebden Bridge and Top Withins, a ruined farmhouse near Haworth, the reputed inspiration for "Wuthering Heights" in the novel of the same name by Emily Brontë.[1]

The Upper and Middle reservoirs in March 2009

The reservoirs' catchments are dominated by peatland habitats.[2] The reservoirs drain into the Calder Valley.

On 19 May 1989 Walshaw Dean Lodge entered the UK Weather Records with the Highest 120-min total rainfall at 193 mm; however, the Met Office expresses 'reservations' about this record.[3]


To cope with the growing population of Halifax, construction of the reservoirs was put out to tender by Halifax Corporation. The winning bid, for £170,766 (1900) (equivalent to £17.92 million or US$22.88 million in 2019)[4], was submitted by Enoch Tempest.[5]

To house the navvies working on construction a temporary shanty town named Dawson City was built, with a narrow-gauge railway, Blake Dean Railway, to transport navvies and construction materials to the sites of the reservoirs.


The reservoirs are on the Pennine Way.


  1. ^ Walk 62 Hebden Bridge to Pondon Archived 24 June 2015 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "Protecting and improving the moorland surrounding Walshaw Dean Reservoirs". Yorkshire Water. Archived from the original on 3 March 2018. Retrieved 2 March 2018.
  3. ^ metoffice.gov.uk Archived 29 December 2010 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ United Kingdom Gross Domestic Product deflator figures follow the MeasuringWorth "consistent series" supplied in Thomas, Ryland; Williamson, Samuel H. (2018). "What Was the U.K. GDP Then?". MeasuringWorth. Retrieved 2 February 2020.
  5. ^ "Dawson City". National Trust. Archived from the original on 13 February 2018. Retrieved 13 February 2018.

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