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tank/tanks on old maps
« on: Monday 12 February 18 16:32 GMT (UK) »
There seem to be a huge number of tank or tanks marked on old maps, particularly in rural areas. I have always assumed these to be for storing water, either for irrigation or domestic use. Am I correct? I have tried googling but haven't found any specific references. An example here http://maps.nls.uk/geo/explore/#zoom=16&lat=54.1477&lon=-2.7616&layers=6&b=1
Newson, Steavenson, Walker, Taylor, Dobson, Gardner, Clark, Wilson, Smith, Crossland, Goldfinch, Burnett, Hebdon, Peers, Strother, Askew, Bower, Beckwith, Patton, White, Turner, Nelson, Gilpin, Tomlinson, Thompson, Spedding, Wilkes, Carr, Butterfield, Ormandy, Wilkinson, Cocking, Glover, Pennington, Bowker, Kitching, Langhorn, Haworth, Kirkham.

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Re: tank/tanks on old maps
« Reply #1 on: Monday 12 February 18 16:47 GMT (UK) »
Most of them seem to be out in the sticks. Possibly drainage tanks.
Warks:Ashford;Cadby;Clarke;Clifford;Cooke Copage;Easthope;
Edmonds;Felton;Colledge;Lutwyche;Mander(s);May;Poole;Withers.
Staffs.Edmonds;Addison;Duffield;Webb;Fisher;Archer
Salop:Easthope,Eddowes,Hoorde,Oteley,Vernon,Talbot,De Neville.
Notts.Clarke;Redfearne;Treece.
Som.May;Perriman;Cox
India Kane;Felton;Cadby
London.Haysom.
Lancs.Gay.
Worcs.Coley;Mander;Sawyer.
Kings of Wessex & Scotland
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Re: tank/tanks on old maps
« Reply #2 on: Monday 12 February 18 17:05 GMT (UK) »
They could easily be water troughs for grazing animals. It's quite a common use for a recycled domestic water tank today.
Looking at ALSTON in south Ribble area, ALSTEAD and DONBAVAND/DUNBABIN etc. everywhere, HOWCROFT and MARSH in Bolton and Westhoughton, PICKERING in the Whitehaven area.

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Re: tank/tanks on old maps
« Reply #3 on: Monday 12 February 18 18:09 GMT (UK) »
also lime kilns on the map view attached suggesting limestone and therefore may explain the lack of streams; fair few quarries too

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Re: tank/tanks on old maps
« Reply #4 on: Monday 12 February 18 18:44 GMT (UK) »
Having lived on a farm with spring water, not mains, the spring fed a tank, then the pipe from the tank crossed the field to the house.

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Re: tank/tanks on old maps
« Reply #5 on: Monday 12 February 18 22:38 GMT (UK) »
Thanks all for your suggestions. I have done some newspaper searches and it seems there were many uses for 'tanks' including all of the above thoughts and also the creation/storage of liquid manure/fertiliser :)
Newson, Steavenson, Walker, Taylor, Dobson, Gardner, Clark, Wilson, Smith, Crossland, Goldfinch, Burnett, Hebdon, Peers, Strother, Askew, Bower, Beckwith, Patton, White, Turner, Nelson, Gilpin, Tomlinson, Thompson, Spedding, Wilkes, Carr, Butterfield, Ormandy, Wilkinson, Cocking, Glover, Pennington, Bowker, Kitching, Langhorn, Haworth, Kirkham.