Chellow Dene, Allerton, Bradford, West Yorkshire consists of 2 reservoirs and a narrow woodland that surrounds them. The top reservoir follows the steep contours of the valley right up to the inlet stream. It gradually deepens down to the dam wall with a depth of 20+ feet. The main species are roach, bream, carp, perch, tench, chub, orfe, bullhead and pike. On the lower reservoir you may see Mallards, Canada Geese, Tufted ducks, Moorhens and Coots.
The population of the town [of Bradford] had by this time increased to something like 100,000, and mills, workshops, new streets, and public buildings had grown up on every side. In 1842 an Act of Parliament was obtained authorising the formation of a company to provide Bradford with water. The supply was obtained from an abundant spring at Manywells, in the Hewenden valley. Two storage reservoirs were formed at Chellow Dean, and the town was supplied from a service reser- voir at Whetley Hill. lt became necessary, however, a few years later, to increase the water supply, and in 1854 the necessary Act was obtained and the Corporation bought the works of the company for .£215,000, and proceeded to carry out a fresh scheme of great magnitude.
Post Office Bradford Directory 1887-8, p. 9 (pdf)
The streams running through Heaton are five in number, namely Bradford Beck, Carr Syke Beck, Red Beck, Chellow Dean Beck, and Sandy Lane Beck. Chellow Dean Reservoirs, dividing Heaton from Allerton, collect the waters from the Manywells Spring at Hewenden, and were acquired by the Bradford Corporation from the original private waterworks company. Together with the surrounding woods, the reservoir grounds form an attractive and popular resort during the summer months.
“Manningham, Heaton, and Allerton : (townships of Bradford) treated historically and topographically“, 1896, p. 175
This week marks the centenary of the death of suffragette Emily Wilding Davison after a collision with the King’s horse at the Epsom Derby. The first week of June 1913 also saw an event in Bradford attributed to suffragette activity with an interesting link to the dyeing industry.
The Fabric of Bradford