View From West of Old Road
The white area towards the rear of the photo is the
concrete surface of the new dam and the old causeway runs from left to right in the middle of the photo. The breach
cut in the centre of the causeway is to allow water flow from the west arm when levels are low. The object on the
extreme right hand end of the causeway is a "Pugging Mill" which was used to prepare the clay needed
for the core of the dam. As may be seen from the map, the clay was dug from a deposit near the reservoir and carried
to the site on a light railway track laid for this purpose. The railway trucks were drawn by an early petrol locomotive.
The shape of the dam gives a good idea of the cross section of the completed reservoir.
The photograph is reproduced here by kind permission of Mr G. Coleman.