After such a busy day in Manchester we wanted a more quieter day so we went to the village of Bradfield for a long walk. It was very, very cold and it tried to snow several times whilst we were walking but thankfully it stayed off.
A little bit of history about this reservoir, during the Industrial Revolution Sheffield expanded rapidly and this put strain on the water supply. The Dale Dike Dam was built in 1864 and held 650 million gallons of water when on March 11th 1864 a dam worker spotted a crack, a fingers width in the dam wall. The chief engineer John Gunson decided it was nothing to worry about but lowered the water level as a precaution by this time it was after 10pm at night. He re-inspected at 11.30 pm and noted nothing had changed but the water was running over the top of the embankment into the crack. He was making his way to the bottom of the embankment when he felt the earth shake and saw the top of the dam breached by the water. Whilst he managed to scramble out of the way, the dam collapsed and the water swept down the valley and into Sheffield. It swept away 415 houses, 106 factories and shops and 20 bridges for 8 miles. 244 people were killed that night, including a 2 day old baby and an 87 year old woman.. The dam was rebuilt in 1875 but wasn't used again until 1887.