Waterfall - River Lin - Bradgate Park, Leicestershire
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member SMacB
N 52° 41.140 W 001° 13.169
30U E 620351 N 5838792
Quick Description: A man-made waterfall from a fish pond/silt trap on the River Lin in Bradgate Park, which flows to Cropston Reservoir.
Location: East Midlands, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 4/1/2018 12:17:07 AM
Waymark Code: WMY1AK
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member Mark1962
Views: 1

Long Description:

A man-made waterfall from a fish pond/silt trap on the River Lin in Bradgate Park, which flows to Cropston Reservoir.

"Beyond the church at Newtown the Lin flows into Bradgate Park where it has been ad apted to the use of generations of the Grey family, the park's lordly owners. For the first few hundred yards in the park the stream feeds a series of four irregularly shaped ponds, the largest of which is approximately 80m in length and 30m wide.

In 1833 a sum of £50 18 s. 0d . was paid for the making of five fish weirs in the park (Enville Hall Archives) . These are shown on a map of 1859 (ROL LR DG2 0/1 9a /42/3). It marks the pools which had been created and there is no doubt they were intended as fish ponds. Later, when the 7th Earl of Stamford sold part of Bradgate Park for the construction of Cropston Reservoir (opened 1870 ), these pools were adapted to function as silt traps. Their efficiency in catching material washed down in times of flood by the Lin has been such that, when the reservoir was drained in 1988, features of the former landscape, almost free of mud, could be clearly seen. These included the bank and ditch of the ancient park pale and the winding former course of the Lin. The park at Bradgate is first heard of in 1241 when it was in the hand s of the Ferrers (Hastings MSS I, 23) . Later Thomas Grey of Groby (1451– 1501) in herited the manor and massively expanded the park, as already noted. The banks and ditches of the moated site of the lodge of generations of the early park keepers still form a prominent landmark. The moat (SK 53 131 1) is rectangular and measures approximately 50m by 45m. It was fed by a leat leading from the Lin, the origin of which is still evident today. In wet weather the moat still carries water but this is now derived from drainage from the surrounding slopes ."

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Type / features of structure: Spillway

Estimated width in feet: 22

Estimated width in meters: 6

River/stream/lake/reservoir: River Lin

Location of the waterfall: Not listed

Coordinates of parking: Not Listed

Fees: Not Listed

Flow dates: Not listed

Estimated height in feet: Not Listed

Estimated height in meters: Not Listed

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