Saturday, 16 January 2021

Springside Papermill, Belmont

Extract from Eagley Brook by Helen Heyes, Chapter 7, pages 31-33.

A goit which wends its way from the Ornamental Reservoir around the hillside, following the contours, leads to yet another small reservoir or lodge which supplies Springside Paper Mill, where paper has been made continuously since 1834 to the present day. Other reservoirs near the mill are supplied by Three Nooked Shaw Brook, which rushes down from Smithills Moor in a series of waterfalls and weirs. One day's water consumption at this mill is said to be in the region of 1.5 million gallons.

Map showing Charles Turner
Springside Paper Works 1927.

Tuesday, 5 January 2021

Programme for the Opening of Delph Reservoir 1921

The Delph Reservoir was intended to be the first of five new reservoirs, but was the only one of them which was ever built.  In 1908 it was intended that the whole project would take five years and cost £250,000.  Unexpected difficulties arose, including the First World War.  The price rose to £400,000 and the reservoir was finally almost ready for use in 1921.

More information about the Delph and Belmont reservoirs, as well as the various mills and bleachworks in the Eagley Valley, can be found in our publication #16 Eagley Brook.  Additional detail about the disputes between Bolton Corporation and Edward Deakin regarding the purchase of land for the reservoir can be found in our publication #38 Egerton.

Programme of the proceedings on
the opening of Delph Reservoir