Posted: 03/06/2015 at 14:58
You possibly don't want too much shade over a pond, it gets cool and the leaves drop in and may cause a problem.
A couple of years (probably more, I've reached the time of life where years just run into each other - lovely!), we bought our son a large preformed black plastic pond shape - I will admit I was very dubious. It is sited between a large shed (that was probably a garage in a previous life) and his rosa rugosa hedge. With weeks of him digging out the space, and filling it he had an amazing amount of life in it. Last year he had newts even. Always dragon flies, birds come to drink at the shallow end - it really is a joy. He put in a small solar powered trickle fountain to keep the mozzies out - he didn't want to keep fish so that was OK. He can now just sit back and watch water boatmen, and all sorts of wonderful things in it. Go for it.
Interested to hear it is a quarryman's cottage, my son's place is an old dairy - his flat is the milk cooling shed end, and has the original Victorian tiles on the floor in what is now his kitchen.