Dovestone Reservoir was built in 1968 to collect water from the surrounding moorlands. The main contractor was A.E. Farr (Civil Engineers) of Westbury, Wiltshire. The proposed construction was opposed by local mill owners, who claimed the damming of the river would cut off their water supply. As a result, a tunnel was built higher up in the hillside to bypass the reservoir.
Local myth has it the reservoir is named after a collection of stones on the skyline that look like doves, along the edg
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