I haven't properly introduced myself, I joined a couple of weeks ago. Regarding the Harborne reservoir, I stumbled across this useful site
Fascinating reading all the memories, my gran used to live in Grays Road, opposite The Green Man and Metchley Lane, her son in law worked at Vickers? the bakers, my great uncle was George Davis who owned the vegetable shop in High Street and whose pigeon brought the news of the opening of the water supply at Bala to the City, Carl ?? did an article on it. My grandfather's brother and sister lived in Serpentine Road and the husband of one of his relations was an attendant at the Baths. On a Saturday I would have to walk the accumulator up to the electrical shop in High Street and get back in time for the football results and if Villa won I then had to go out and get the 'Argus'. The family names were Davis, Durows and Smallwood. The works that took in Metchley Lane, Duckpool Lane etc etc were a Saturday afternoon treat. The other much remembered moment was when goin to town from Harborne to go back to Erdington the 3a that arrived was one of the brand new Daimlers 1481 onwards, this was 1483 (GOE 483) only just delivered on its first run.
Thanks for the photo's of the reservoir. I can only remember two large square holes with water constantly pouring into them with no protective fencing round them just as you entered. Amazed it's all disappeared without trace, but then, Harborne's changed so much since the 40's/50's. Especially the top end. Barely recognisable now.