Reservoir Spillways are not the first things that spring to mind when considering important historic buildings, designed to take overflow away from reservoirs during heavy rain, they are ostensibly controlled waterfalls.
The Victorian spillway at Butterley, completed in 1906, is something special however, both in terms of architectural quality and its importance as a local landmark to the adjacent village of Marsden. This elegant structure, with its stone weir and ashlar- dressed walls that step down the reservoir bank is currently under threat of demolition from Yorkshire Water, who are proposing to replace it in concrete to plan for future storm events. Despite an expensive and wide-ranging public consultation, no options apart from demolition have been tabled by the company and there has been a strong opposition from local people as well as other national heritage bodies. The Victorian Society recently included Butterley on their annual list of the ten most endangered Victorian Buildings.
The CBA is now working closely with the Save Butterley Spillway group to raise awareness about the threat to its survival and to give the local people of Marsden support in their efforts to save a significant piece of local heritage.
Jon Wright, Head of Conservation