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Filename: DP138288.jpg

Size: 7216 x 4350 (20.3MB)

Date: 11th May 2011

Source: Historic England

Credit: Historic England

Copyright Status: Copyrighted Work

Urgency (1-8) 5=normal: 5

Source: Historic England Archive

Job Title: Staff Photographer

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Scammonden Reservoir DP138288

Scammonden Resevoir, West Yorkshire. General view showing the resevoir and its dam carrying the M62

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Architecture Post War Road Traffic Water


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EDITORS COMMENTS
This evocative photograph by James O. Davies captures the majestic presence of Scammonden Reservoir in West Yorkshire, a post-war engineering marvel that supplies water to the surrounding areas. The image showcases the reservoir's expansive surface reflecting the changing sky, with the M62 motorway traversing the dam in the foreground. Constructed between 1952 and 1958, the reservoir was a vital addition to the region's water infrastructure, designed to meet the increasing demand for water in the industrial heartland of northern England. The dam, an impressive feat of modern architecture, is a testament to the engineering prowess of the time, with its imposing concrete structure and intricate network of pipes and valves. The M62 motorway, a key artery of transportation in the north of England, is seamlessly integrated into the dam, adding a dynamic element to the scene. The constant flow of traffic on the motorway contrasts with the stillness of the reservoir, creating a striking juxtaposition. The photograph also serves as a reminder of the interconnectedness of water, infrastructure, and transportation in the post-war era. The reservoir not only provided essential water resources but also facilitated the movement of people and goods through the motorway, contributing to the economic growth and development of the region. James O. Davies' photograph of Scammonden Reservoir is a poignant representation of the symbiotic relationship between nature and human ingenuity, showcasing the beauty and functionality of this post-war architectural marvel.

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