Greenbooth and naden valley
There are four reservoirs arranged in a line up the valley, from bottom to top is Greenbooth, Lower Naden, Middle Naden and Higher Naden. However, Lower Naden’s dam was removed in the 1990’s though you can still see where it used to be.
In 1846 Heywood Waterworks Company finished building the Naden Reservoirs despite objections from local mill owners who feared interruptions to their water supplies.
Below the Naden Reservoirs was the village of Greenbooth which consisted of about 80 cottages, a sweet shop, a Co-op store and a school; there was also a woollen mill, but no church or pub. However, in 1958 Heywood and Middleton Water Board decided that another reservoir was needed to supply water to the growing population of Rochdale and started the construction of Greenbooth reservoir in 1958. The reservoir was officially opened in August 1965 it cost £2.1 million pounds to build and holds 700,000,000 gallons of water.
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