Feature built to remember old reservoir

Tribute: The memorial garden built to remember the Old Leyland Reservoir. Below, the reservoir

Tribute: The memorial garden built to remember the Old Leyland Reservoir. Below, the reservoir

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The last remains of an historic underground reservoir have been used to create a unique tribute feature.

The Old Leyland reservoir, in Back Lane, Clayton-le-Woods, was demolished in October 2013 to make way for houses.

Old Leyland Reservoir, Back Lane, Clayton-le-Woods.'Photo by Stefan Willoughby

Old Leyland Reservoir, Back Lane, Clayton-le-Woods.'Photo by Stefan Willoughby

More than 20,000 people visited the reservoir during a two-week period prior to its demolition.

Houses now stand in the reservoir’s place but with help of Chorley Council, Clayton-le-Woods Parish Council and Chorley Building Society, who helped fund the project, the Chorley Historical Society has created a memorial garden in Preston Road, Clayton-le-Woods.

The tribute, which is opposite the Pines Hotel, features brick work and pipes from the original reservoir, which dated back to 1884 and was constructed to hold about 300,000 gallons of water.

Rosemary Boyd, a member of Chorley Historical Society, said: “We are very happy that the reservoir will be remembered.

A memorial garden set up to remember the Old Leyland Reservoir Memorial Garden, Clayton Green, Clayton-le-Woods, Chorley

A memorial garden set up to remember the Old Leyland Reservoir Memorial Garden, Clayton Green, Clayton-le-Woods, Chorley

“The society has worked extremely hard to make this happen.”

The tribute itself was designed by housing developer Kingswood Homes, which allowed the historic site to be opened up to the public before work started to build around a dozen homes on the land.

Chorley Council and Clayton-le-Woods Parish Council together donated £6,000 to the project while Chorley Building Society donated a further £1,100 to create information boards, which are yet to be erected.

Mrs Boyd added: “Everybody involved with the Historical Society thanks all of the people who helped out.”