SK1986 : Lady Bower Reservoir, Peak District

taken 28 years ago, 3 km from Aston, Derbyshire, Great Britain

Lady Bower Reservoir, Peak District
Lady Bower Reservoir, Peak District
The Lady Bower Reservoir was constructed in 1935 and was an even larger project that the Howden and Derwent Reservoirs which had already been constructed and was downstream of these two earlier dams. The construction of Ladybower Dam flooded the area around the junction of the Derwent with the Ashop. This project, first mooted in the early 1920s, caused considerable controversy because it involved the flooding of two villages; Ashopton - which lay at the junction of the Ashop and the Derwent - and Derwent, which lay upstream on the Derwent river. Despite protests the dam went ahead and was finished in 1943, though the reservoir took a further two years to fill. At the time this was the largest reservoir in Britain. The flooding of the two villages was the worst damage inflicted by the water authorities in their many projects around the Peak District, and highlighted the damage which these can do to the environment - though paradoxically Ladybower is now a major tourist attraction. The area is also famous for being used as a testing ground for the bouncing bombs used in the Dambusters Raid. There are also rumours of ghostly Lancaster bombers, though I seem to recall reading in the newspaper that this had been explained by someone using a slide projector onto low cloud.

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Date Taken
March 1990   (more nearby)
Thursday, 6 October, 2005
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OSGB36: geotagged! SK 19 86 [1000m precision]
WGS84: 53:22.5001N 1:42.5016W
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