A WATER company is selling off three reservoirs which date back to the 19th Century.
Hartlepool Water has put the sites at Hurworth Burn, Crookfoot and Hart up for grabs as they are no longer in use.
All three reservoirs are attractive and unique areas of land and water, which could be used for a number of wide-ranging purposes, say bosses.
“I’d like to reassure customers that the sale of these reservoirs will not impact on their supplies,” said Kevin Ensell, Hartlepool Water’s operations manager.
“They each have a fantastic history having been here for over a century, but these reservoirs have never been part of our drinking water supply.
“In fact these reservoirs were used to supply the old docks with water which they turned into steam to power the old ship building industries Hartlepool is famous for.
“Because these fantastic sites are no longer used today to supply steam, they could be better used for leisure or farming in the area.”
Hurworth Burn is 120 acres of land and woodland between Hartlepool and Trimdon Village which includes the 21 hectare reservoir built in 1867, Crookfoot, Elwick on the outskirts of Hartlepool, is 69 acres of agricultural land and the 17 hectare reservoir with a small castellated tower built in 1901.
The third site for sale is near Hart Village, where two smaller reservoirs were used as balancing lakes to manage the water levels in Hurworth Burn and Crookfoot.
The reservoirs are being sold by estate agents H&H Land and Property who have extensive experience in rural land sales in the North of England.
Director David Quayle, said: “This is the first time we have a trio of reservoirs for sale and all three have potential for a wider variety of business and leisure pursuits.
“Each site is well stocked with fish and a haven for wildlife making them an ideal and secluded site for many recreational pursuits. With the right planning permission they could be used to extend existing farming or grazing land with the added bonus of reservoirs for irrigation.”