Stobsmuir Ponds

(Swannie Ponds)

A pair of water bodies in the Stobswell district of Dundee, the Stobsmuir Ponds are located between Clepington Road, Pitkerro Road and Stobsmuir Road, 1¼ miles (2 km) northeast of the city centre. Known locally as the Swannie Ponds they were constructed to supply the city with water following the Dundee Water Act of 1845. The water was not of great quality and the ponds fell out of use as reservoirs in the 1870s, although a covered reservoir remains in use on the opposite side of Stobsmuir Road. The ponds proved popular for boating from the 1920s and were also used for skating in the winter, although today they are rarely frozen. During the Second World War the ponds were filled in to prevent reflections that would provide a target for enemy aircraft, but following the war they were re-excavated.

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