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Mark’s History: Anyone for cricket at Farnley Reservoir?

Words and photos: Mark Stevenson

In the 1840’s Farnley Balancing Reservoir was made up of eight plots of land. The land was owned by four different people and occupied by three individuals. Each plot of land had its own name.

This part of the Reservoir was owned By William Pawson and occupied by Joseph Stead. Photo: Mark Stevenson

If you look at the photos they will give you an idea of who owned and occupied the plots of land.

This part of the Reservoir was owned By William Pawson and occupied by Joseph Stead. Photo: Mark Stevenson
This part of the Reservorr was owned By Hannah Pawson and occupied by Joseph Stead. The plot was called Beck Closes. Photo: Mark Stevenson

Does anyone remember it being a cricket ground in the 1950’s?

The reservoir was built in 1973 as a means of storing water from Farnley Beck and controlling flooding in the Wortley area.

This part of the Reservoir was owned by the Executors of James Proctor and occupied by John Hartley. The plot at the far end of this Dam was called Fan House Close. Photo: Mark Stevenson.
This part of the Reservior was owned by Hannah Pawson and occupied by Joseph Stead. This plot was called Low House Close. Photo: Mark Stevenson.

Whilst I was looking for some info about the Farnley Balancing Reservoir I came across this webpage Farnley Reservoir Safety Measures & Maintenance and it tells you all the facts and figures you could ever want to know about the Reservoir.

This part of the Reservoir was owned by the Executors of James Proctor and occupied by John Hartley. This plot (where the water is) was called Garden Close and Beck Close. Photo: Mark Stevenson
This part of the Reservoir was owned By William Wainman of Brickhouse and occupied by Walter Dickinson. The plot (the hill I am stood on) was called Leadhouse Close. Photo: Mark Stevenson.
This part of the Reservoir was owned By William Wainman of Brickhouse and occupied by Joseph Stead. The plot was called Mustard and Cowslip Close. Photo: Mark Stevenson

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1 COMMENT

  1. Re Farnley Reservoir
    In a school aged child of the 60s I lived on Butt Lane.
    My friends and I used to play on the cricket ground but we knew it as Blakeys sports ground.
    Blakeys of Carr Crofts were the world famous manufacturers of Blakeys Segs
    Sometimes the travelling feast would pitch up on the field after moving from Armley Moor
    Happy days

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