Hell Gill Reservoir

A familiar feature for those in the know. Tucked away a few metres up from the main forest track. A much used control site in orienteering races.

This reservoir near the head of Hell Gill was built in the 1870s to supply water for Joseph Whitwell Pease’s Hutton Estate.  The mains ran first to Home Farm, then to the Hall, Pease’s private railway station, Hutton Field House, and, finally. Galley Hill Farm. Water was diverted to it via a small filter bed from ‘The Race’ on Great Ayton Moor, part of the Chaloner Estate and a scheme to capture some of the rain falling on the Esk side of the moor to supplement the supply to Chaloner’s mills in Guisborough. Hutton village, built in the late 1850s, was also owned by Pease but would have been already served by its own smaller brick lined reservoir.

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One Reply to “Hell Gill Reservoir”

  1. In the early 50s we followed the water supply from the reservoir up towards Hutton moor. The water entered the reservoir through a steel pipe approx 4” which went underground up to the moor where water was collected in an open trench approx 3ft wide by 2ft deep for about 1 mile long. Yes Hutton Village was supplied by a circular brick reservoir only 15ft in diameter. Can’t remember where we found that but it must have been nearer the village.

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