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We're really lucky in Liverpool with lots of places taking part in Heritage Open Days this weekend, many of which are not normally open to the public.

This is Toxteth Reservoir built in 1853 to supply water to homes in Liverpool and the surrounding area. It was decommissioned in 1995 so other than a few puddles from leaks in the roof it was quite dry!

We were taken on a tour by a retired civil engineer who told us how it was built, how the water was brought here and the processes used to pump it out to homes.

Half the size of a football pitch, with towering cast iron columns and soaring arches, it's quite an amazing structure.

It was built to help solve the health problems of Liverpool, at that time, created by the massive increase in population due to the Irish Potato Famine. 2 million gallons of water were stored here.

The stunning design of the building and the quality of the work was never intended to be viewed by the general public, but I'm glad to have had the opportunity to see it today.
This is a absolutely fabulous picture Christine. The repetitive patterns, this glorious golden light, the shadows. Fav, fav, fav. And thanks for the narrative, very interesting.
posted September 9th, 2016  
what Mona @mona65 said - wonderful
posted September 9th, 2016  
Fav. The colours and lighting are stunning.
posted September 9th, 2016  
That is fab and an instant fav. I also went to a Heritage open day event, but the shots I took were no good. Better luck tomorrow?
posted September 9th, 2016  
beautiful...a fav
posted September 9th, 2016  
Saw this trending and came to fav. Lovely album, now following
posted September 9th, 2016  
Fav for this great shot. Fantastic lighting.
posted September 9th, 2016  
ditto to Mona's comment !
posted September 9th, 2016  
An amazing place :) Great capture!
posted September 9th, 2016  
What a wonderful shot!
posted September 9th, 2016  
Absolutely fabulous picture, I love the lighting. looks like such an interesting place to visit. fav.
posted September 10th, 2016  
Stunning... what fantastic light...
posted September 10th, 2016  
great light and shadows
posted September 10th, 2016  
Great image love how you've lined up the shadow it really leads the eye into the image :) fav and follow
posted September 10th, 2016  
@jesperani thank you so much, now following you too :)
posted September 11th, 2016  
@rjb71 thank you, following you too :)
posted September 11th, 2016  
The colors, contrast, textures and framing! Fav!!
posted September 11th, 2016  
Fantastic!
posted September 11th, 2016  
Very cool
posted September 11th, 2016  
Wonderful history and I really enjoy this image with the foreboding dark against the bright golden artificial light! I would love to visit this place! Is it open to the general public?
posted September 11th, 2016  
posted September 12th, 2016  
@marshwader thank you for your comment. It's not normally open to the public, there are various ideas for its use so it might be more accessible in the future but it probably not in its present state.
posted September 12th, 2016  
@inthecloud5 Thank you!
posted September 12th, 2016  
@anazad511 how interesting, thank you for posting the link. Looks like an amazing place, certainly plenty of columns and arches - a bit more ornate than the ones in the reservoir. I'll definitely be adding it to the list!
posted September 12th, 2016  
Lee
Great engineering and to think it was once full of water. You've captured a great shot of it too.
posted September 14th, 2016  
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