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Catcleugh Reservoir (Rochester and Byrness)

Catcleugh Reservoir was built at the beginning of the 20th century for the Newcastle and Gateshead Water Company. Work started here in 1899 by T and C Hawksley and was completed in 1905. The dam is built of earth with a core of puddle clay and is stone faced on the water side. The overflow at the south end of the dam runs under a bridge and nearby is a valve house and gauge house. The dam was built by labourers who lived in a camp downstream and remains of one of the houses can be visited today. Some of these buildings and structures around the dam are Grade II Listed Buildings protected by law.

Reference number:N55
Historical period: Edwardian (1902 to 1910)

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Source of Reference
Local History of Rochester and Byrness


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