Ladybower Reservoir water level & Derwent Village, Part II - 195Mby MP4 Video
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This second, longer video, was produced from a series of 93 images taken last Friday, 30th November, on a return visit to the Ladybower, and briefly to the Derwent, reservoirs. This time the site of the old Derwent Village and its environs was photographed by walking along the lane from the north end along south to the Mill Brook stream where much of Derwent Village once stood. Another fine day, if a little grotty to start with, but with time pressing, advantage was taken of the as yet still fairly low water levels, to investigate what was only seen in the earlier vide, from across the now revealed Derwent riverbed. The scene opens with a view of the remaining houses along the lane which thankfully for the occupants, were above the 'high water mark' when the reservoir was full; others did not fare so well. Of note at the beginning, are the only remaining sign that there was once a church vicarage here, as shown in one of the scenes, are the two remaining gateposts, there being 3 other sets of these, shown later in the video. The church yard was close to the Vicarage but rising waters came as far as the Wellhead Inlet to meet the Mill Brook and the yard was flooded, but not before removing all the graveyard's incumbents to a new home at Bamford Parish Church. Included in the video is a shot of the information board, 'Discover the lost Village of Derwent' which shows some historic pictures of the site and more of these can easily be found on a Google search>Images. All of the features mentioned in the map in the 1st of these 3 pieces on the Derwent Village, can now be viewed in the video and the main ones are labelled at the foot of each section. the rubble and remains which is Derwent Hall with its gatepost and fish ponds are visible, with some of the walls still standing. An odd feature which I was told about is the rather substantially built 'Lovers Seat' set on a bend of the River Derwent and clearly built to last, it would be interesting to know if there are any folk still around who used the 'services' of this most generous 'seat'. The only building still on one piece is the water board's 'Valve House' and is featured several times in the video, a less water-logged version of one of these can be seen here, on dry land-
The Derwent Hall gatepost, the sentinel standing erect between the Fish Ponds and Derwent Hall, was the artifact which local and national news reported to have been the graffiti'd; fearing the worse, something involving aerosol cans, I was relieved to find that all that had happened was some folk had used the local small stones to scratch brief messages on one side of the pillar. In fact I suspect the water, when it comes back up to here, will wash it all off; a set of initials and a date were all I could see. Some are being sensationalistic about not much at all, but isn't that the case everywhere in recent times. As may be seen in both videos the Peak Park in this area has seen a large influx of interested visitors and as far as I could tell, all were very careful about things and very interested in the site, as can be seen. A long line of tree stumps can be see along the border of the river and Derwent Hall, the stumps still rooted in place and very substantial. The line of the Mill Brook can be seen in its now deep cutting, passing over the bridge which divided the village in half and as can be see non the map in the earlier picture, the road formation has been re-routed somewhat from the times when the village was in its heyday. Then, the road from FAirholmes in the north curved around along down to the River Derwent's edge passing the Chapel, St. James & St. John's Church, its Graveyard and then the School on the right, with Derwent Hall and the Fishponds on the left, as shown on the map. The pair of Graveyard gate posts stand alone not far from the place where the water usually resides, the grass bank showing where the water comes up to; there must be more occasions when the gateposts are visible, as close as they are to the bank, though I guess the water is deep even so. After the 4 'cheery, brightly decked out' walkers, two shots of the pile of rubble that is now the Church and its date stone lying as testament to its building date, 1867; I guess it would take a lot to move this, so thankfully it hasn't been... purloined. A close-up of the Graveyard gates with their still extant, rusted hinges and then followed by more views across the river to the Valve House with the School gate posts, now half covered in water, in the foreground; it was possible to walk around these a few weeks ago, Derwent Viaduct, which carries some water away to Rivelin, can be seen in the background. There were plenty of folk taking photographs of one sort or another so I guess this event will be the one which has been documented the most, especially now that good, high resolution digital media is now available, which wasn't the case in 1995 and certainly not, in 1976. The Mill Brook flows under the old Derwent Village bridge, the stone-work still in good condition and this would have provided access between the two halves of the village. Coming back along the lane towards Fairholmes and there is yet another structure just this side of the Derwent Viaduct, this is labelled on the map as 'Water Houses' so I expect this means 'Water Works' and would have provided drinking water, for the village, so sited upstream of it; essentially another pile of rubble ans car-parking rapidly running out, meant a hasty hike up to the level of Derwent Reservoir, for the final shots. It was pretty much in the same state as Ladybower, the water level several 10s of meters down, its capacity is 9.5 million cu.m, or almos6t 10 billion litres of water, the same as the last reservoir up the Derwent Valley, Howden Reservoir. A shot of this reservoir from the front can be seen here-
and the Lancaster Bomber flying over the area to the south of here at Bamford, on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the bombing of the Ruhr Dams, can be seen here-
The first picture shows the large stone structure which is the reservoir head over which the Dambusters did their practice runs before going to the Ruhr Valley with Barnes Wallace's 'Bouncing Bombs', intended to destroy the dam walls, by exploding at depth, which they had some success with. The water flowing into the Reservoir at the other side is the Aston Clough culvert, bringing hill water gathered over to the west, into the Reservoir. The level to which this body of water has sunk can be seen in the final shots with the sun shinning over in the north where the third of the 3 Derwent reservoirs reside, and yet another huge stone built wall, to keep back another 10 million cu.m of water... when its full!
Some historic videos of the history of Derwent Village can be seen in this 3-part set, produced by 'Jayceebee44' and made in 1996 and is available on Youtube-
and Part 3-