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 the Edgbaston district of Birmingham, England. 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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  • August 16, 2017
    Scenery 2/5 Location 1/5 Activities 1/5 Parking 2/5 This reservoir is a prime location for burglary, sexual harassment, gangs graffiti, litter and dog excrement. However, if your up for a challenge an...  more »
  • August 5, 2017
    Scenic as Birmingham gets. Ladywood, Birmingham, England Coordinates 52°28′47.13″N 1°56′13.54″W Type: Reservoir Basin countries: United Kingdom Max. length: 800 metres (2,600 ft)  more »
  • July 16, 2017
    If you don't mind an over-packed car park where the 'locals' (mainly African migrants) gather in groups drinking, smoking weed and sexually harassing any girl who is unfortunate enough to walk past, t...  more »

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