Castle Carr Nr Halifax West Yorkshire - Derelict Manchester:

Derelict Manchester:

A view of the hidden parts around the inner sections around the city centre of Manchester, UK and beyond . How you perceive these derelict sites could be morbid, yet exciting.

Castle Carr Nr Halifax West Yorkshire

Castle Carr stood above Luddenden Dean – beyond Booth, above the Calder Valley. It was built for Captain Joseph Priestly Edwards. Construction began on the mock Tudor / Norman castle in 1859, though it took 8 years to compete. The architect was Thomas Risley.

 Described as a mock medieval castle located north of Halifax and Hebden Bridge, and was one of many extravagant homes built by wealthy mill owners in the Victorian era.Eventually the estate was sold for the water rights and the castle became derelict, being used for munitions storage during the Second World War. It was demolished in 1962 and the original stonework now litters the ground today.

archway ruins on side of house

west facing wall with formed masonry

Entrance to Castle

side doorway of castle carr

main entrance to castle carr  halifax

side of main building castle carr

Old houses

interior shot of castle carr

yorkshire water company carving

stone steps norman style

cieling of storeroom castle carr

storeroom for munitions

The water features..

The principal attraction is the magnificent fountain in the ornamental water gardens, developed in the grounds of Castle Carr during the early 1870s. Funded by Halifax Water Corporation as compensation for building the nearby reservoirs, the water garden was designed by Halifax architect John Hogg, who also contributed to the design of the Castle Carr mansion. 

The single jet fountain is in the centre of a circular pool, known as the Compensation Basin, surrounded by rhododendrons and woods. Gravity fed with over 60 metres of fall from a huge tank above Deep Clough Farm, the force of the water is so powerful that the fountain can reach heights of over 100ft, second only to the fountain at Chatsworth in Derbyshire.

Originally there were four other fountains at the corners of the pool, but these no longer function as the cast iron pipes that supplied them with water were damaged by flooding in 1989.  

Water features at castle carr fountains

water feature heading west

One of the ornate feeding systems of waterfall

tunnel to reservoir

view point over drain castle carr

steps across water fall

main reservoir

water fall in gardens at castle carr

Local archaeologist Michael R Haigh documented the possible existence of three Bronze Age barrows located close to Castle Carr, highlighted in an illustration from 1841.The picture shows a number of mounds dispersed over the valley bottom, features that seem to have been all but destroyed when the Upper and Lower Dean Head reservoirs were constructed. Unfortunately, there are no current records of these structures.

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