SK1691 : Hope Woodlands : Birchinlee

taken 10 years ago, near to Derwent Reservoir [water Feature], Derbyshire, Great Britain

Hope Woodlands : Birchinlee
Hope Woodlands : Birchinlee
The Industrial Revolution and urbanisation of the 19th century created huge demand for water in the industrial cities of the East Midlands and South Yorkshire. Derwent Valley Water Board was created in 1899, to supply water to Derby, Leicester, Nottingham and Sheffield. The proximity of Sheffield, combined with high average rainfall and low population, made the case for reservoir construction and the decision to dam the valley to create the Howden and Derwent reservoirs.

The neo-Gothic solid masonry dams were begun in 1901, and proved a mammoth task. Over 1,000 workers lived in the specially constructed self-contained village of Birchinlee, known as 'Tin Town', which consisted of well ordered corrugated iron homes along with shops, a school and a village hall. One of the metal huts was preserved and moved to Hope, where it is now a hairdressing salon. The workers that died during the construction of the dam were buried in Bamford churchyard.

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Date Taken
Friday, 22 April, 2011   (more nearby)
Wednesday, 27 April, 2011
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Historic sites and artefacts  Uplands  Paths  Sport, Leisure  Farm, Fishery, Market Gardening  Construction, Development  People, Events  Woodland, Forest  Water resources 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SK 166 913 [100m precision]
WGS84: 53:25.1377N 1:45.0475W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SK 166 913
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North-northwest (about 337 degrees)
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