Reservoir opens its gates

A spectacular example of Victorian workmanship is just one of the many gems that will be open to the public as part of Heritage Open Month this September.

Half the size of a football pitch, Toxteth Reservoir on High Park Street, will be open for ONE DAY ONLY on Friday 6 September from 10am – 4pm.

The Grade-II listed reservoir, which has been empty for the past 15 years, was built around 1850 in one of the highest places in the city and provided clean water to Liverpool residents up until its closure in 1997.

It houses stunning internal brickwork and a roof supported by cast iron columns of curved bricked arches and is one of the earliest examples of public health engineering in the world.

Cabinet member for culture and tourism, Councillor Wendy Simon said: “Heritage Open Days are a great opportunity for members of the public to explore some of Liverpool’s historic and often hidden places.

“The Toxteth Reservoir is a magnificent building and really is a must see for anyone with an interest in architecture or history.

“It should prove to be a popular addition.

“Whether you are interested in maritime history, classic architecture or stately homes there really is something for everyone to enjoy as part of Heritage Open Days.”

As well as the reservoir, Liverpool’s more well-known buildings, such as St George’s Hall and the Town Hall will also be open, celebrating England’s rich architecture and culture by allowing visitors to have a closer look at buildings around the country.

Liverpool Heritage Month takes place throughout September. An extensive programme of unique events, tours, building opening and activities will celebrate Liverpool’s rich culture heritage.

A total of 70 venues across the city are involved in this year’s programme and throughout the month buildings of every age, style and function will open their doors. It offers a once a year chance to discover hidden architectural treasures, enjoy a wide range of tours, and participate in events and activities which bring local history and culture alive for everyone.

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