Sheffield from Crookesmoor 1856
, British, 1804 - 1869
Material and Medium: oil on canvas
Dimensions: Sight size: 446 x 597mm
Overall: 537 x 687 x 67mm
Department: Social History
Accession Number: K1931.52
This view from 1856 shows the reservoirs at Crookesmoor with Sheffield in the distance.
In the 1800s a series of 10 dams were built between Crookes and Upperthorpe to serve the rapidly expanding town and provide water for drinking, brewing and manufacturing. Of these, only the Old Great Dam in the mid-ground of the painting still exists today, as the lake in Crookes Valley Park behind Weston Park Museum. The reservoir in the foreground is Butcher's Dam, where The University of Sheffield's sports ground is today.
Weston Park Museum