Record Details

NHER Number:17521
Type of record:Monument
Name:Post medieval/modern reservoir


This brick and concrete reservoir was constructed before 1907 and until the early 1980s was covered with an earth mound. It is depicted on modern and historic maps and is visible as an earthwork on aerial photographs.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TG 2965 3780
Map Sheet:TG23NE

Full description

1981. Discovered in removing mound of earth.
Reservoir, consisting of four corridors of brick arcades with barrel vaulted roofs. Exterior buttresses above ground. Three pairs of stovepipe ventilators. Capacity estimated at 318,220 litres (70,000 gallons; 10,000 cubic feet). Constructed between 1897 and 1907. Interesting example of industrial brick construction.
See newspaper report (S1) in file.
Newspaper report (S1) wrongly calls Mundesley.
E. Rose (NAU), 14 September 1981.

(S2) states that despite the location this was originally called Gimingham reservoir.
See (S2) for photograph of the construction.
The brick arches rest on iron jackbeams.
E. Rose (NLA), 22 January 2002.

November 2004. Norfolk NMP.
NMP mapping has led to the alteration of the central grid reference of the site from TG 2963 3780 to TG 2965 3780.
The reservoir described above, which is marked as Mundesley Water Works on an historic Ordnance Survey map (S3), is visible as an earthwork on aerial photographs. It is particularly clear on photographs taken in 1965 (S4) and was mapped from these. The earthwork is approximately rectangular in plan and measures 24m long and 16m wide.
S. Tremlett (NMP), 10 November 2004.

Monument Types

  • RESERVOIR (Post Medieval to Early 20th Century - 1540 AD to 1907 AD)
  • UNDERGROUND STRUCTURE (Post Medieval to Early 20th Century - 1540 AD to 1907 AD)

Associated Finds - none

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

---Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
---Unpublished Document: Yardley, C. J. 2011. The Mun Valley: Historic landscape Assessment and Landscape Character Assessment for Norfolk Coast Project. p 15.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
<S1>Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1981. [Article and letter to the editor on the rediscovery of a water reservoir in Mundesley].
<S2>Article in Serial: Smith, G. and Smith, J.. 2001. The Village of Gimingham.. Norfolk Industrial Archaeology Society Journal. Vol 7, No 1, pp 44-52. pp 47-50.
<S3>Map: Ordnance Survey. 1902 to 1907. Ordnance Survey second edition 25 inch (1902 to 1907) Sheet XX. 2. 25" to 1'.
<S4>Vertical Aerial Photograph: Meridian Airmaps Limited. 1965. MAL 65080 062-3 19-SEP-1965 (NMR).

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