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Groby Pool 4/5

Groby (pronounced Grooby) Pool lies in a hollow in the Mercia Mudstone, underlain by Swithland Slate, with its eastern boundary separated from the Sheet hedges Syenite by the Copt Oak fault. The presence of 'granite' has led to the assumption that it has formed a 'natural' dam, which might account for the origin of the Lake. Whilst it is true that embankments have been constructed on the 'granite' base along with Sluice gates to make a more viable millpond, it is doubtful whether the granite alone would retain a lake.

 

There is a record of the old embankments being raised in 1889, when it was part of the Countess of Stamford's estate, to prevent recurrent flooding of the adjacent quarries. This had the effect of artificially raising the water to is present level.

Groby Pool 4/5

Groby (pronounced Grooby) Pool lies in a hollow in the Mercia Mudstone, underlain by Swithland Slate, with its eastern boundary separated from the Sheet hedges Syenite by the Copt Oak fault. The presence of 'granite' has led to the assumption that it has formed a 'natural' dam, which might account for the origin of the Lake. Whilst it is true that embankments have been constructed on the 'granite' base along with Sluice gates to make a more viable millpond, it is doubtful whether the granite alone would retain a lake.

 

There is a record of the old embankments being raised in 1889, when it was part of the Countess of Stamford's estate, to prevent recurrent flooding of the adjacent quarries. This had the effect of artificially raising the water to is present level.

comments (18)

A great picture Brian. It is always nice to see the birds in and around the water.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Frances.
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 1 Dec 2011, 02:48
Fine collection of feathered folks, Brian.
Brian Walbey: There is indeed Ray.
This is a special place Brian and you have captured the beautiful inhabitants that are protected there....petersmile
Brian Walbey: Yes it is a lovely spot Peter, I wish I could take all my SC chums there for the afternoon.
So peaceful, Brian!
Brian Walbey: Yes it is Elizabeth despite there being a country road nearby.
A nice shot here Brian... Does the dark water get it's colour from the black slate then? And why is it called a Pool instead of a Lake?
Brian Walbey: It might well get its colour from the slate, there is quite an area of slate round that way.
Plenty of birdlife here Brian
Brian Walbey: Even more in the winter I believe Bill.
  • Chad Doveton
  • Where latitude and longitude meet.
  • 1 Dec 2011, 08:54
All looks well with the world here.
Brian Walbey: Indeed it does Chad.
I enjoy the pool series
Brian Walbey: I'm pleased to hear that Chantal.
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 1 Dec 2011, 10:03
This lake seem to have an abundance of of water birds
Brian Walbey: Yes an even more over the winter I reckon.
  • Linda
  • United Kingdom
  • 1 Dec 2011, 10:18
It must have been lovely sitting and taking in the calmness of the day watching all this lovely wildlife smile
Brian Walbey: It was a nice afternoon Linda.
Love seeing the mixture of ducks and geese - or are they swans?
Brian Walbey: Yes the two big ones are Swans Mary.
Aah, swans for both of us today. Nice picture.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Sheila. My Swans are a bit more sedentary than yours.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 1 Dec 2011, 12:34
Yes, a wonderful place for ducks, swans- and humans looking at them! You captured very well the fluid element water! Thanks for your interesting information!
Brian Walbey: Thanks Philine.
Love these bird gatherings Brian and what a lovely place for it.
Brian Walbey: Yes and I believe over the winter there are many more Janet.
very interesting narrative. Most of the "artificial" ponds I know here in Spain have a clayish base that holds the water.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Juan. The whole of this area has a base of Granite, Slate and other hard rocks.
Looks as though there are examples of some miscegenation among those ducks! Naughty animals!
Brian Walbey: I promise not to tell if you don't Tom smile
A grand trip around the lake Brian.
Brian Walbey: Many thanks Les.
A long walk around the lake Brian, much to see and photograph.
Brian Walbey: Sadly one can only walk a short way round the lake as Fridays narrative will point out John, but it is still a nice place to go.

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