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Highgate Reservoir

Highgate Reservoir, with Pavilion, October 2009. Photo: S Williams

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The land here was formerly part of Highgate Green, the old village green. In 1844 the New River Company purchased land then being used for nursery gardens, also the site of one of the three village ponds and built Highgate Service Reservoir here in 1846. This provided water to houses in Highgate for the first time. Today the reservoir is covered and the site is largely grassland, but still has the small circular conduit house built to service the reservoir. Two stretches of the original cast iron railings remain around the reservoir along Highgate West Hill and The Grove. Species of birch have been planted on the reservoir roof by Thames Water, who continue to be responsible for the site.
Highgate Reservoir, October 2009. Photo: S Williams
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Previous / Other name: Highgate Service Reservoir; Highgate Green
Site location: The Grove/Highgate West Hill
Postcode: N6 > Google Map
Type of site: Private Open Land
Date(s): 1846
Designer(s):
Listed structures: LBII: Conduit House and Railings to Water Reservoir.
Borough: Camden
Site ownership: Thames Water
Site management: Thames Water
Open to public? No
Opening times: private, but visible
Special conditions:
Facilities:
Events:
Public transport: Tube: Highgate, Archway (Northern) then bus. Bus: 143, 210, 271, 214.
Highgate Reservoir, October 2009. Photo: S Williams
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The information shown above was correct at the time of the last update 01/10/2009
Please check with the site owner or manager for latest news. www.thameswater.co.uk

Fuller information:

The land here was formerly part of Highgate Green, the old village green. In 1844 the New River Company purchased land then being used for nursery gardens, also the site of one of the three village ponds and built Highgate Service Reservoir here in 1846. This provided water to houses in Highgate for the first time. A small circular brick pavilion was built to service the reservoir. The New River Company was compulsorily purchased along with the 8 other private water companies serving greater London when the Metropolitan Water Board was founded in 1903. The Board was itself abolished in 1974 and transferred to the Thames Water Authority, now Thames Water. Today the reservoir is covered and the site is largely grassland, but still has the pavilion and two stretches of the original cast iron railings remain around the reservoir along Highgate West Hill and The Grove. These have spearhead finials set into a moulded cast-iron kerb on a brick plinth with large lotus flower terminals at intervals. The southernmost section of railing around the reservoir was replaced by wooden railings in the early 1990s. Thames Water has recently (2007) undertaken landscaping works, planting birch species on the reservoir roof and refurbishing the railings.

Sources consulted:

'Streets of Highgate' ed. Steven Denford and David A Hayes (Camden History Society Publications, 2007); Bridget Cherry & Nikolaus Pevsner, The Buildings of England: London 4: North (Penguin, 1998); Camden Listed Buildings website; LB Camden, Highgate Conservation Area Appraisal and Management Strategy, 2007
Grid ref: TQ282874
Size in hectares: 0.513
   
On EH National Register : No
EH grade:
Site on EH Heritage at Risk list:
Registered common or village green
on Commons Registration Act 1965:
No
Protected under London Squares
Preservation Act 1931:
No
 
The information below is taken from the relevant Local Authority's planning legislation, which was correct at the time of research but may have been amended in the interim. Please check with the Local Authority for latest planning information.
On Local List: Yes
In Conservation Area: Yes
Conservation Area name: Highgate
Tree Preservation Order: Not known
Nature Conservation Area: No
Green Belt: No
Metropolitan Open Land: No
Special Policy Area: Yes - Area of Special Character: Hampstead & Highgate Ridge
Other LA designation: Private Open Space
   

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