The Storage Pond for the Waterwheel

Photograph of the water storage pond at Hebden Horse Level

The storage pond for the original water source of the waterwheel was built at the back of Smithy Hill. It was semi-elliptical in shape, with the hillside serving as the back wall, and the sides and front built up with stone. The pond was fed from a leat contouring round the hillside from the north, and from a contemporary map it seems that the outlet was on the southwest corner, but there is no sign of it now. It was about 10 m by 8 m by a metre deep, and so probably had a capacity of about 70 cu m. This photograph was taken in 2004. Click the image to see a larger version.