Relic from in­quiry into new reser­voir

Black Country Bugle - - YOUR LETTERS - By DAN SHAW

REG­U­LAR Bu­gle con­trib­u­tor John Tay­lor will be fa­mil­iar to read­ers, with his large col­lec­tion of Black Coun­try mem­o­ra­bilia, most of it re­lat­ing to his birth­place of Stour­bridge.

John now lives in Kid­der­min­ster and he avidly watches the in­ter­net auc­tion sites for any pho­to­graphs, doc­u­ments or any other ma­te­rial with a con­nec­tion to Stour­bridge and its sur­round­ing district.

John brought one of his re­cent ac­qui­si­tions along to the Bu­gle of­fice at the Dudley Archives Cen­tre, a poster that is 95 years old.

It dates from 1923 and an­nounces an in­quiry that is to be held at Stour­bridge Town Hall into a loan that has been re­quested by the Stour­bridge and District Wa­ter Board.

The in­quiry was con­ducted by Arthur William Bright­more, an en­gi­neer­ing in­spec­tor in the Min­istry of Health, on Novem­ber 23,1923, and re­ported in the fol­low day’s edi­tion of the County Ex­press.

Among those at­tend­ing were John Don­ald­son Har­wood, clerk of the Stour­bridge and District Wa­ter Board, it’s chair­man Al­der­man William Robert Sel­l­eck, William Fid­dian, con­sult­ing en­gi­neer to the wa­ter board, William Bartholomew Clev­erly, chief en­gi­neer and man­ager of the wa­ter board, H.C. Har­ri­son, the board’s ac­coun­tant and Dr Joseph Richard­son Sin­ton, the med­i­cal of­fi­cer of health for Stour­bridge Coun­cil.

The Stour­bridge Wa­ter Board was es­tab­lished by an act of par­lia­ment in 1909 and had its of­fices at 10 Ha­gley Road. It cov­ered an area of 16½ square miles and served a pop­u­la­tion of 44,000.

The board had ap­plied to the Min­istry of Health for a loan of £6,500. This was to fund the build­ing of a new ser­vice reser­voir at Wy­ch­bury Hill and a new wa­ter main to con­nect it with Prescott, Wolle­scote. The new reser­voir would re­place the two ex­ist­ing tanks at Wy­ch­bury, have a ca­pac­ity of 352,800 gal­lons and serve around 4,000 peo­ple liv­ing in Wolle­scote.

Af­ter hear­ing ev­i­dence at the Town Hall, Dr Bright­more vis­ited the site of the new reser­voir. He later gave the go-ahead for the loan and the new cov­ered reser­voir was built on the western flank of Wy­ch­bury Hill, not far from Ped­more Hall.

Poster an­nounc­ing 1923 in­quiry into a loan for the Stour­bridge and District Wa­ter Board

1920s map with the lo­ca­tion of the Wy­ch­bury reser­voir

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