Edgbaston Reservoir, Birmingham

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Edgbaston Reservoir, originally known as Rotton Park Reservoir and referred to in some early maps as Rock Pool Reservoir, is a canal feeder reservoir in Birmingham, England. Despite its name, it is actually situated in Ladywood rather than nearby Edgbaston . It is situated close to Birmingham City Centre and is a Site of Importance for Nature Conservation.HistoryOriginally a small pool named Roach Pool in Rotton Park it was extensively enlarged by Thomas Telford between 1824-1829 to supply water to the Birmingham and Wolverhampton Levels of the Birmingham Canal Navigations (BCN) canal system via Icknield Port Loop at the foot of the dam. It was excavated to a depth of 40 feet (12 m) and covers an area of 58acre, holding 300000000Impgal of water, and was the largest expanse of water in Birmingham at the time. It is supplied by small streams and a feeder from Titford Reservoir (Titford Pools) in Oldbury. It was formed by damming a small stream. The dam is a 330 metre long earth embankment with a height of 10 metres near the centre.The reservoir and gatehouse were designed by Thomas Telford and the latter is a listed building in corporate BCN octagonal style. In 1873, it was crossed by Charles Blondin, on a tightrope. His feat is marked by a 1992 statue on the nearby Ladywood Middleway ring road.
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  • I often walk around here late afternoon lovely place for walking,until you get near the car park there are cars with people in playing loud music and smoking the funny stuff you can smell from a dista...  more »
  • Nice place to sit and relax in a green grassy area and the option to walk around enjoying the fresh air safely.  more »
  • If your looking for a nice walk, jog or bike ride in nature then this is the place, its clean and has its own parking. I go here regular to get away from the hustle of the city.  more »
  • Good place to have walk to keep fit
  • Enjoy an weekend walk
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