In 1899, Stockport Corporation acquired Stockport and District Waterworks Company, gaining control of the town’s water supply. They immediately investigated potential new water supplies. They decided to build a new reservoir two miles upstream of the village of Hayfield at the head of the Kinder valley.

Abram Kellett of Ealing was contracted to build it. The associated standard gauge railway required two Acts of Parliament. The geological difficulties prompted a change in design from a masonry dam to a clay/earth dam. The first consulting engineer died and his son succeeded him. He then resigned.

Stockport Corporation and the constructor resorted to the courts over financial issues including the Corporation unilaterally terminating the contract and proceeding with construction on its own.

That aside, the project required the employment and housing locally of over 700 navvies, and transporting them from Hayfield to the construction site on the special railway. The project took over nine years to complete. The locals initially greeted the project with consternation; there was an enormous upheaval to village life, but it eventually succeeded due to its consulting engineers, and its highly competent and dedicated managerial and labour workforce.

A bucket full of sumpers.

One of the submerged farms bottom left. Early stage of construction c.1907.

The crushers preparing to make a start, 1907.

Small trucks carrying stone to the crusher.

Feeding the stone crusher.

In the foundation heading Hayfield Dam.

Trestle bridge during construction of Kinder Reservoir.

Boring machines at the Dam.

The Kinder Mail passing Hayfield Cricket Ground.

Kinder Reservoir, Hayfield, nearing completion. Shows valve tower. c. 1912

Culvert and tower at Kinder Dam. 29 Oct 1910.

Kinder Bank, looking towards Tunstead Bridge.
The hut charted the quantity of water going over the fall.

Building the filter house. 1911.

This image 1912 shows “Bell Brothers” fitters in the filter house at Kinder Dam.
Four of these were also fitted into Low Leighton filter house in 1912.

The Closing Stages of Construction.

A toast to the workforce.

Some of the men involved in the constrution.

The "Lord Mayor of Stockport" and party take a tour of the site.