View Full Version : Help: Mysterious concrete pads at Ulley reservoir


the_rudeboy
28-08-2005, 12:24
Recently went for a stroll around Ulley Country Park and noticed some small concrete pads on the top of the retaining embankment at the western side of the reservoir.

They are around 200mm in size with a round headed coach bolt set into them, painted white and spaced at about every 10 metres.

I know its not very important and my life won't be anymore fullfilled by finding out but its really been bugging me as to what they are for. I wondered if maybe they are some sort of reference points for water level or just indicators marking the locations of piles for the retainig structure.

Can anyone put me out my misery?

PS. I'm not usually this sad but its really niggling me now.

sheffieldcpl
28-08-2005, 12:34
if they are what i think they are,they are to do with................ let u stew abit more lol

the_rudeboy
28-08-2005, 12:36
Originally posted by sheffieldcpl
if they are what i think they are,they are to do with................ let u stew abit more lol

Cheers..........should i have expected anything else?

desy
28-08-2005, 14:43
Electricity Pylon?

the_rudeboy
28-08-2005, 15:05
Originally posted by desy
Electricity Pylon?

No, nothing overhead.

davyboy
28-08-2005, 15:48
how about survey points

the_rudeboy
28-08-2005, 16:00
Originally posted by davyboy
how about survey points

Could be but there's about a dozen of them along a straight line of around 120 metres so not sure what the survey could be all about. Recently repainted by the look of things too.

MrH
28-08-2005, 16:24
Are they for tying boats to?

the_rudeboy
28-08-2005, 16:40
Originally posted by MrH
Are they for tying boats to?

Errr......no.

sheffieldcpl
28-08-2005, 18:58
i might be wrong but if they are the ones im thinking of,like at dam flask my dad told me they are what they used in the war to have some kind of straps to stop the german bombings like we did to them, if theyre the same concrete platforms im thinking about.

the_rudeboy
28-08-2005, 23:30
They're only quite small.....more like markers rather than something for attaching to.

Fishpole
29-08-2005, 21:00
I don't know about these things but 200mm sounds pretty small. Could they be anglers' peg markers?

the_rudeboy
29-08-2005, 21:11
Originally posted by Fishpole
I don't know about these things but 200mm sounds pretty small. Could they be anglers' peg markers?

No they are too far from the water.

cgksheff
29-08-2005, 21:15
Any chance of a photo or three?

Internetowl
30-08-2005, 09:44
tank traps to stop a water borne invasion from Rotherham?

Don_Kiddick
30-08-2005, 09:47
and why would Rotherham folk wanting to be getting wet?

Wet = clean.

Heavens above, you're safe there. :hihi:

Kirsty_87
30-08-2005, 19:36
They are markings to tell you where abouts the pegs are for you to fish from :)

the_rudeboy
30-08-2005, 22:02
Originally posted by Kirsty_87
They are markings to tell you where abouts the pegs are for you to fish from :)

At first i thought that but they don't coincide with the fishing pegs and the one at the end of the embankment must be a good 20 metres from the water.

saxon51
30-08-2005, 22:12
That one'll be for the aquaphobic bloke with the 20 metre rod.

alpal
31-08-2005, 19:47
support posts for a structure that once stood? ie platform

the_rudeboy
31-08-2005, 19:53
Originally posted by alpal
support posts for a structure that once stood? ie platform

Not really big enough and the layout is just linear and runs for about 100m.

I can see that this is going to be one of lifes unsolved mysteries. :(

cruella
31-08-2005, 19:56
I think they are " Tethering Posts " for moonlight naughties...:heyhey:

the_rudeboy
31-08-2005, 20:04
Originally posted by cruella
I think they are " Tethering Posts " for moonlight naughties...:heyhey:

You would!!!

Care to join me? :heyhey: :hihi: :heyhey: :hihi:

cruella
31-08-2005, 20:11
.....Cilla...get to that hat shop !

the_rudeboy
31-08-2005, 20:14
Originally posted by cruella
.....Cilla...get to that hat shop !

PMSL :clap:

We'd have a lorra lorra laughs though!!

cruella
02-09-2005, 12:16
Highly likely reference points...............to measure if there is any movement on the bank using a theodolight
...this was what i was told anyway.

the_rudeboy
02-09-2005, 12:22
Originally posted by the_rudeboy
I wondered if maybe they are some sort of reference points

Good guess the_rudeboy

sccsux
02-09-2005, 12:43
Maybe they're part of a massive "dot-to-dot" puzzle, only visible from high altitudes??

RazorSHarp
02-09-2005, 12:46
I got it............they're ancient ley lines used by the aztecs during ritual sacrifices

the_rudeboy
02-09-2005, 17:23
Originally posted by RazorSHarp
I got it............they're ancient ley lines used by the aztecs during ritual sacrifices

They're not that ancient cos the reservoir wasn't created until 1874. :hihi:

Don_Kiddick
02-09-2005, 17:25
But tha Aztecs had a council house near there didn't they?

the_rudeboy
02-09-2005, 18:28
Originally posted by Don_Kiddick
But tha Aztecs had a council house near there didn't they?

Yeah but that was in Aston in .............ROTHERHAM :hihi: :clap: :hihi: :clap: :hihi:

groundhog
27-06-2007, 00:53
Dams are routinely and periodically monitored for signs of settlement and bulging. This is by visual inspection but may also include instrument monitoring. The round topped stations are for monitoring changes in elevation of the dam crest using an optical level. These days reflective targets for laser or microwave survey instruments are more often used. I expect that since the recent alarm over the condition of this dam the stations are being monitored rather frequently. Dams are supervised by a 'panel' engineer - dams are one of the few engineering structures where a formal inspection regime is required by law.

me-and-pippo
27-06-2007, 10:45
Thats just answered something i have been pondering on for a while, some here on the side of Broomhead Reservoir (http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k265/SteveSheff/editbhres.jpg) dam wall.
Thanks groundhog. :thumbsup:

the_rudeboy
27-06-2007, 11:50
Dams are routinely and periodically monitored for signs of settlement and bulging. This is by visual inspection but may also include instrument monitoring. The round topped stations are for monitoring changes in elevation of the dam crest using an optical level. These days reflective targets for laser or microwave survey instruments are more often used. I expect that since the recent alarm over the condition of this dam the stations are being monitored rather frequently. Dams are supervised by a 'panel' engineer - dams are one of the few engineering structures where a formal inspection regime is required by law.

Bit spooky. We were just talking about this at work and someone who used to inspect the dam said just that. :)

Ant
27-06-2007, 12:08
You should feel honoured, Rudeboy. Groundhog has been researching the answer to that since August 2005. :)

me-and-pippo
27-06-2007, 12:32
You should feel honoured, Rudeboy. Groundhog has been researching the answer to that since August 2005. :)
Can't have, groundhog has only just joined the forum if you look.:wink:
Think we should all say welcome to groundhog :)

scarby
27-06-2007, 21:30
Can't have, groundhog has only just joined the forum if you look.:wink:
Think we should all say welcome to groundhog :)

Course he could have.

He/She wasn't a member when they read the topic and decided to research it, then found the answer, joined the forum and told us miserable lot. :)

Andy
27-06-2007, 22:36
I noticed this thread was linked from the Wikipedia article about Ulley. I guess that's why it's come back from the depth of the forum in recent days.

me-and-pippo
28-06-2007, 19:47
I noticed this thread was linked from the Wikipedia article about Ulley. I guess that's why it's come back from the depth of the forum in recent days.
That sounds a bit like a horror story, " The Monster That Came From The Depths Of Ulley Reservoir " ... Wicked, never saw that one Andy :hihi:

depoix
28-06-2007, 19:50
railings,?or what used to be railings until sawn off for the war effort ?

Foot
28-06-2007, 19:58
railings,?or what used to be railings until sawn off for the war effort ? No, reference points for determining any vertical movement in the embankment.

engly_fish
18-08-2010, 13:00
Recently went for a stroll around Ulley Country Park and noticed some small concrete pads on the top of the retaining embankment at the western side of the reservoir.

They are around 200mm in size with a round headed coach bolt set into them, painted white and spaced at about every 10 metres.

I know its not very important and my life won't be anymore fullfilled by finding out but its really been bugging me as to what they are for. I wondered if maybe they are some sort of reference points for water level or just indicators marking the locations of piles for the retainig structure.

Can anyone put me out my misery?

PS. I'm not usually this sad but its really niggling me now.
Just wanted to say I set those out.. and I am amused by all the answers some sort of correct some should be correct cause they are so funny... :)

Darth Vader
18-08-2010, 22:58
Just wanted to say I set those out.. and I am amused by all the answers some sort of correct some should be correct cause they are so funny... :)

Thanks for clearing that up then, mate. :thumbsup: