Temporary Settlement of Scar

During the construction of the reservoir a village was built just below the dam to house the workforce and their families.

The village had hot and cold water, electric lighting and flushing toilets. The population of Pateley Bridge had no such luxuries and the workmen were under strict instruction that if they or any of their family misbehaved in any way, they would lose their job and be thrown out of the village.

There were ten large hostels for workmen (full-board for a week at one of the hostels cost £1), 34 semi-detached bungalows, 28 houses in five blocks and several other buildings including:

Shops (grocer, butcher, draper, newsagent, fishmonger)
Canteen (this building is now Darley’s Memorial Hall)
Recreation hall
Concert hall and cinema
Hairdresser
Fish and chip shop
Library
Mission hall
Post office (Scar Village once had its own post mark)
Bank
Tennis courts, golf course and its own football club
School with three teachers and up to 90 pupils
Fire brigade with 18 firemen and a police constable
Hospital with a doctor and a nurse

 


On completion of the reservoir in 1936 the village was sold in lots over two days and dismantled.