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The Audenshaw Reservoirs, Manchester, England

June 22nd, 2008 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places

The Audenshaw Reservoirs were constructed between 1877 and 1882 by Manchester Corporation. They are located in the townships of Audenshaw and Denton, Tameside Metropolitan Borough, Greater Manchester, in northern England. Their construction was overseen by John Frederick Bateman.

The three reservoirs – Audenshaw No.1, Audenshaw No.2, and Audenshaw No.3 – originally covered an area of 251 acres (1.02 km²), and had a total capacity of 1.44 billion gallons (6.55 GL). Reservoir number 3 was partly filled in during the 1990s, to make way for the M60 (formerly the M66) motorway.

The reservoirs are currently maintained by United Utilities plc but are no longer in use, and are not open to the general public. However, it is possible to obtain a permit to visit the reservoirs for leisure use. More recently, the reservoirs have been fenced off to the public, in preparation for the creation of a sailing club on the water.

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