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Wednesday 13 October 2004
13 October 2004
Centenary celebration for historic reservoir
Visitors can take a dip into history on October 23-24 when villagers celebrate 100 years since turning on the water-works for Sheffield.
Langsett Reservoir, in the Peak District National Park, was created on October 17 1904 when the Little Don River valley was flooded to supply water to Sheffield, Doncaster and Rotherham.
Langsett villagers and National Park rangers are setting up a weekend of displays to commemorate the moment when the then Sheffield Corporation Water Works chairman, Alderman P. R. Gainsford, closed the valve to dam the river, whose waters come straight from the Pennine moors.
Now owned by Yorkshire Water, the reservoir will be remembered through the decades, with an exhibition of documents and historic photographs at Langsett Barn, in the village off the A616, near Stocksbridge.
The exhibition is free and will be open on Saturday Oct 23 from 12 noon to 4pm and on Sunday Oct 24 from 10am to 4pm.
For further information contact Ranger Gordon Danks on 07977-901797.