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Fellfoot Forward LPS Event: The Reservoir Story, an evening zoom talk with Tom Speight

On July 22nd, 1909, Castle Carrock had a party. The Mayor of Carlisle was in town, along with 150 of the great and good from his city. They had descended on the sleepy Pennine village to celebrate the opening of a brand new reservoir –  “the greatest undertaking of which the city of Carlisle had ever embarked upon”. Over 700 navvies had spent 6 years building a brand new water supply system for the city, commissioned by the Carlisle Corporation to quench the thirst of an expanding metropolis.

11 September 7:30 pm – 8:15 pm

Join local resident, historian and poet, Tom Speight, in a 45 minute illustrated talk sharing an 111-year-old story of how and why the reservoir was built, who built it – and at what cost.

This event offers a prelude to the Fellfoot Forward Landscape Partnership Scheme’s historic and cultural projects including Uncovering the Past, a community archaeology and local history programme that will start in Spring 2021.

Go to for bookings.

Once booked, you will receive a confirmation of your place and then your zoom login, via email. Only one booking is required per household.

Led by the North Pennines AONB Partnership, the Fellfoot Forward Landscape Partnership Scheme is a major project to conserve, enhance and celebrate the natural and cultural heritage of a special part of the North West of England. The scheme is worth 3.5 million, largely funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, which brings together local, regional and national organisations, communities, and individuals to conserve, enhance and champion this outstanding landscape and its rural community.

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