A mysterious 160-year-old hand-carved stone plaque which was found in a tunnel of the reservoir at Ogden Water has been officially unveiled by the Mayor of Calderdale.
The plaque, which weighs almost a tonne, was saved by Yorkshire Water and Calderdale Council last year during work to strengthen the 140-metre tunnel which runs under Ogden reservoir.
And it has now been put for public display on a custom-built plinth near the café at the popular site, having previously been hidden from view at the mouth of the tunnel which held all of the reservoir’s pipes.
The plaque was discovered at the mouth of the tunnel and it is believed to have been commissioned especially for the reservoir, which was completed in 1858.
Andrew Hobson, Yorkshire Water Senior Project Manager, said: “We were amazed when we found the plaque and keen to ensure we lifted it safely from the ground. We don’t know too much about it so if any local historians in the area can help us out we’d love to learn more.”
Ann Martin, Mayor of Calderdale, said: “I congratulate Yorkshire Water on realising the significance of the plaque and, in conjunction with the council, restoring it for the people of Halifax and beyond.”