- Stocks Reservoir
lake_name = Stocks Reservoir
coords = coord|53|59|45|N|2|24|50|W|type:waterbody_region:GB|display=inline,title
basin_countries = United Kingdom
area = 1.92 km²
max-depth = convert|31.4|m|ft|abbr=on|lk=on
volume = 12,000,000 m³
Stocks Reservoir is an
artificial lakesituated at the head of the Hodder Valley in Lancashire, England.
It was created in 1932 by The Fylde Water Board by flooding the village of
Daleheadand the surrounding farmland. At the peak of the building over 500 men worked there and most of them lived in a temporary village called Hollins. Prince Georgeofficially opened the reservoir by unveiling a commemorative bronze plaque.
During the construction phase, the reservoir works were the site of an extensive 3 foot (914 mm) gauge
industrial railwaysystem which linked the dam works with a railheadon the Long Preston- Slaidburnroad (Bowtell, 1988). Nearby stone quarries were also served by the railway. Steam traction engines hauled building material between the Tossiderailhead and the water board depôt adjacent to Long Preston railway station.
Bowtell, H.D., (1988), "Lesser Railways of Bowland Forest and Craven Country - and the dam builders in the age of steam", Platewell Press, ISBN 0-95111-088-8
* [http://www.unitedutilities.com/resources/files/828_Stocks%20Reservoir.pdf Official publication]
* [http://www.mikes-walks.co.uk/Walks/Lancs/Stocks_Reservoir/stocks_reservoir.html Stocks Reservoir walk]
* [http://www.stocksreservoir.com Fishing at Stocks Reservoir]
* [http://www.dalehead.org History of the flooded valley of Dalehead]
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