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Gannochy Pumping Station

A Category B Listed Building in Edzell, Angus

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Latitude: 56.8256 / 56°49'32"N

Longitude: -2.6687 / 2°40'7"W

OS Eastings: 359287

OS Northings: 770652

OS Grid: NO592706

Mapcode National: GBR WW.S2FF

Mapcode Global: WH7PQ.ZPCT

Plus Code: 9C8VR8GJ+6G

Entry Name: Gannochy Pumping Station

Listing Name: Gannochy Pumping Station

Listing Date: 3 August 2004

Category: B

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 397605

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB49911

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Edzell

County: Angus

Electoral Ward: Brechin and Edzell

Parish: Edzell

Traditional County: Angus

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1870s. Circular- plan; low dwarf wall with large conical half-slated roof; to N side, projecting doorway with slated cheeks, piended roof and timber-boarded door. Slaistered red sandstone rubble dwarf wall. Half-slated roof; graded slates; lead ball finial; several modern plastic ventilator units.

Statement of Interest

Listed a good example of an unusual form of smaller water works / pumping station.

The pumping station stands over a covered reservoir which is fed by local sources, including a spring at Meikle Tullo and a hill burn from Cowiehill. The water was collected in the covered reservoir and then pumped into a pipe which ran down into Edzell. The construction of the reservoir and pumping station was stimulated by the Public Health (Scotland) Act of 1867. Under the act, it was competent for 10 petitioners to require the local authority to provide an adequate water supply and drainage services. The Third Statistical Account states that it was the requirements of the act that led the parish council to establish a water supply for the village of Edzell in the 1870s. Both the 2nd and 3rd edition OS maps call the pumping station the 'Edzell Water Works (County Council)'.

The reservoir continued to be the main source of water for Edzell until the 1950s, when greatly increased consumption caused the water to be taken from the regional water scheme supplied by Loch Lee in Glen Esk.

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