Tyne and Wear HER(12807): Silksworth, Doxford Park, cascade and pump house - Details
Silksworth, Doxford Park, cascade and pump house
Water Supply and Drainage
Water Supply Site
On the western side of the lake is a small cave-like structure. Fiona Green identifies this as an icehouse, however this was apparently built by Charles D. Doxford to house the generator that drove the cascade from the top of the rocks into the pond beneath. The cascade was designed to be seen from Silksworth House (HER 7227) specifically from Charles' bedroom. It ran over a rockery creating an image of rustic charm. The water no longer flows and the pools are now almost devoid of water.
Sunderland City Council, November 2009, Silksworth Hall Conservation Area Character Appraisal and Management Strategy, Consultation Draft, page 19