I knew the old water tower that used to be on Poll Hill, what I didn't know was that there is also a reservoir up there. Normally it is surrounded by trees, but they have just cut many of them back (there were many growing into the side of the reservoir which didn't seem a good idea).
I can't find ANY proper mention/name of this reservoir anywhere, it does appear on maps as a covered reservoir and the bare plot was marked on the 1910 map.
There is a mention of ... "101. Neville Charles Sims Meares was born on 13 Oct 1898 in Sheffield, Yorks and died on 1 Jan 1974 in Teignmouth, Devon at age 75. General Notes: 1898 - Born at Norwood Rise, Pitsmoor, Sheffield 1914-1918 war. Lieutant in Royal Garrison Artillery. 127th Seige battery was in the 92nd Brigade RGA 1933 Lived at Brown Edge, Buxton 1937 - Built Fernilee reservoir Built Heswall Reservoir, then Chester sewer pipeline Built Rhwbina pipeline (Tafffawr) Built Hewall Reservoir, then Chester sewer pipeline around Tarporley"
I don't know if the "Heswall Reservoir" mentioned there is actually Cross Hill which is now counted as Thingwall or whether it is Poll Hill.
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That is Heswall Service Reservoir, the rest of the trees on the embankment will be coming down in due course but are being done in a slowly but surely method to avoid causing upset to the tree huggers.
I notice those photo's appear to be taken from inside the fence line?
thanks guys, I used to live at the top of Poll Hill, and the reservoir was only a couple of hundred yards away.. that was in the 70's. there was always some part of the common going up in flames back then
Fascinating to see the pics. of Cross Hill. It appears from the write-up that the final construction differs from the original plans. See map. Incidentally, going back to DD's original post, it would seem, looking at the time line there, that the Heswall reservoir would have been the Poll Hill one, since the Cross Hill one was much earlier.