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Town Reservoir

A Grade II Listed Building in Chirk, Wrexham

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Latitude: 52.9314 / 52°55'53"N

Longitude: -3.0688 / 3°4'7"W

OS Eastings: 328256

OS Northings: 337646

OS Grid: SJ282376

Mapcode National: GBR 72.MC34

Mapcode Global: WH78C.TLV2

Entry Name: Town Reservoir

Listing Date: 29 July 1998

Last Amended: 29 July 1998

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 20254

Building Class: Water Supply and Drainage

Location: The reservoir is in Reservoir Wood, S of Station Avenue, and E of the S extension of Llwyn-y-cil Road to the caravan park.

County: Wrexham

Town: Wrexham

Community: Chirk (Y Waun)

Community: Chirk

Locality: Llwyn-y-cil

Traditional County: Denbighshire

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The reservoir was constructed for Lady Charlotte Myddleton in c1824 as an important element in her plan to improve the conditions of the inhabitants of Chirk, most of whom were tenants of Chirk Castle.


The reservoir consists of a circular pit, approximately 2.0m deep, sunk into the hilltop outside the park gate, providing a gravity fall of approximately 18m to the centre of the town. It is constructed with stone walls approximately 1m thick, set in puddled clay. The diameter is c10m. There is no surviving evidence for the intake or draw off pipework, nor of any possible cover.

Reasons for Listing

Included as an interesting and early example of a town water system built under estate patronage.

Other nearby listed buildings

  • I Chirk Castle Gates, Screen and Piers
    The screen stands on the skyline at the Llwyn-y-Cil entrance to Chirk Castle Park at the end of Station Avenue, and set back from the right-angled bend.
  • II Llwyn-y-cil Lodge
    The lodge stands within the gates, on the N side and facing the drive.
  • II Whitewalls
    The house lies back from the road in its own grounds, with access off the road from Castle Road to Station Avenue.
  • II* Chirk Tunnel, including the N and S Portals, and Chirk Basin.
    The Chirk tunnel continues the canal N from Chirk basin at the N end of the aqueduct, and is reached by a path from Castle Road.
  • II Llwyn-y-cil Cottage
    The building stands on the E side of the road, raised on a bank, with the former farm barn to the N.
  • II* Railway Viaduct over River Ceiriog
    The viaduct crosses the valley parallel to Chirk Aqueduct, 550m SW of the Church at the centre of the village.
  • II* Chirk Aqueduct (continued into England)
    The aqueduct straddles the Ceiriog Valley, approximately 55m SW of the parish church, and can be reached by a footpath from Castle Road. The aqueduct passes into England (Weston Rhyn) at its S end.
  • II* Chirk Aqueduct
    Weston Rhyn, Shropshire, LL14

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