Taken in Williamson Park, Lancaster, recently; this image has a strange fascination for me. This body of water is located at the back of the park, behind a high stone wall - I took the photo by poking my camera through the bars of a padlocked gate. The signage in the park refers to it only as 'The Reservoir' and the fact that it contains deep water, but was it ever drinking water? I doubt it!
I'm reminded of 'The Secret Garden' by Frances Hodgson Burnett, hence the title of my photo. Did the water once come up to the level of the bottom of the wall? As the park is quite high up, perhaps the reservoir did once gravity-feed the homes of Lancaster residents below? The whole thing had a slightly eerie feel to it: perhaps it was the gathering gloom of an autumnal afternoon, but I've seldom been so fascinated by such an 'ordinary' subject.
Update 12/11/2011: I've since discovered that the reservoir was built in the late 1800s to provide water for firefighting.
Landscape and travel
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