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Torduff Road, Torduff Reservoir Filtering Cistern

A Category C Listed Building in Edinburgh, Edinburgh

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Coordinates

Latitude: 55.8963 / 55°53'46"N

Longitude: -3.2672 / 3°16'1"W

OS Eastings: 320855

OS Northings: 667743

OS Grid: NT208677

Mapcode National: GBR 50M8.G5

Mapcode Global: WH6SY.S2D5

Entry Name: Torduff Road, Torduff Reservoir Filtering Cistern

Listing Date: 5 July 2006

Category: C

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 398782

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB50528

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Edinburgh

County: Edinburgh

Town: Edinburgh

Electoral Ward: Colinton/Fairmilehead

Traditional County: Midlothian

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Description

Circa 1848. Single storey circular-plan stone reservoir filtering cistern building with boxed timber overhanging eaves and central 16-sided timber slatted ventilator with pointed finial. Finely pointed coursed droved ashlar with base course, moulded eaves course and advanced stone cills. 4 equally spaced 12-pane timber sash and case windows with 20th century protection grilles. Timber overhanging eaves, graduated slate roof.

Statement of Interest

The Edinburgh Water Company constructed the Torduff Reservoir in 1848 and its associated structures including the dam, filter beds, filtering cistern and dam keeper's house to serve the city of Edinburgh. This set of buildings is an early example of reservoir construction; the filtering cistern is a good example of a simple utilitarian building design.

The associated mid 19th century filter beds are still in situ to the W of the filtering cistern with a later 20th century ancillary building immediately adjacent.

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