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Report - Ladybower Reservoir Bellmouths - Derbyshire July 2014

Discussion in 'UK Draining Forum' started by super nerris, Jul 16, 2014.

  1. super nerris

    super nerris On A Mission....
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    Okay so time has come to try my hand on an underground visit, after looking at paying a visit to Sheffield's Megatron I wanted to try something a little more easy first to get to grips with it.

    Entrance was a little tricky due to plenty of walkers out and about but soon we were clear to head on in un noticed, soon we were walking up the tunnel to hear an almighty sound as if water had started overflowing and heading down the tunnel, we ran back to the exit as quick as possible only to find it was a plane flying over the dam, the noise had been funnel down the plug holes, new pants on.... panic over lol

    After finally getting to grips with it we settled down and enjoyed every second, cant wait to visit megatron, bring it on!!!:D

    visited with Leeskywalker & another non member

    History:

    Ladybower was built between 1935 and 1943 by the Derwent Valley Water Board to supplement the other two reservoirs in supplying the water needs of the East Midlands. It took a further two years to fill (1945).

    King George VI, accompanied by Queen Elizabeth, formally opened the reservoir on 25 September 1945.

    The dam's design is unusual in having two totally enclosed bellmouth overflows[3] (locally named the "plugholes") at the side of the wall. These are stone and of 80 feet (24 m) diameter with outlets of 15 feet (4.6 m) diameter. Each discharges via its own valve house at the base of the dam. The overflows originally had walkways around them but they were dismantled many years ago. The bell mouths are often completely out of the water and are only rarely submerged, often after heavy rainfall or flooding.

    The building of the reservoir resulted in the 'drowning' of the villages of Ashopton and Derwent (including Derwent Woodlands church and Derwent Hall). Ashopton stood roughly where the road to the Snake Pass met the Snake valley. The buildings in Ashopton were demolished before the reservoir was filled, but much of the structure of Derwent village was still visible during a dry summer some 14 years later. The narrow stone Packhorse Bridge over the Derwent was removed and rebuilt at the head of the Howden reservoir. The clock tower of the church had been left standing and the upper part of it was visible above the water level until 1947, when it was seen as a hazard and demolished with explosives.

    On with the shots, I hope you all enjoy...........:)

    Went to check the place out a couple of weeks back, was a little wet at the time

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    Finally Dried up again

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    Had to try a underground selfie

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    Thanks for looking!!:)

    Until next time............:thumb
     

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  2. Lenston

    Lenston Bajo Tierra
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    Its a great location, some nice shots there :thumb
     
  3. AuntieKnickers

    AuntieKnickers inquisitive historian
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    Nicely done, liking the first pic :thumb
     
  4. georgie

    georgie He Never Even Got There
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    very nice indeed
     
  5. KM_Punk

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    Cool shots, really cool shots. I really wanna come here :thumb
     
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  7. super nerris

    super nerris On A Mission....
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    Cheers guys did enjoy this as my first underground and can't wait to crack on with megatron :)
     
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