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Ladybower Dam, Plug Hole, Derbyshire, UK

The Ladybower Dam was built between 1935 and 1943, and took a further two years to fill (1945). The building of the dam wall was undertaken by the Scottish company of Richard Baillie and Sons. The two viaducts, Ashopton and Ladybower, needed to carry the trunk roads over the reservoir, were built by the London firm of Holloways, using a steel frame clad in concrete. Both firms encountered mounting problems when World War Two broke out in 1939 making labour and raw materials scarce. The opening ceremony for the reservoir was carried out on Tuesday September 25th 1945 by King George VI accompanied by Queen Elizabeth, later to become the Queen Mother.

During the 1990s the wall was raised and strengthened to reduce the risk of 'over-topping' in a major flood.

The dam's design is peculiar in having two totally enclosed bellmouth overflows (locally named the 'plugholes') at the side of the wall. The easterly overflow originally had a walkway around it but this was dismantled many years ago.

(Thanks to Kraigsta for the description).

Being used for a book cover in Oct 2009.

+*~Gypsy Jane~*+, skfjgyv, and 51 other people added this photo to their favorites.

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  1. skfjgyv 82 months ago | reply

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Colour Art Awards -=Post 1, Award 3=-, and we'd love to have your photo added to the group.

    Love the colour tones, great shot !!
    This Image is one of my favorites on One Of A Kind pool

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  2. Right Brain | Chris Piazza 82 months ago | reply

    Wow!! This is an amazing sight!! Great capture...

  3. DurhamPhotography 82 months ago | reply

    ah dude, that's freakin' awesome!!

  4. Trooper3d 82 months ago | reply

    That is a great shot of a really unusuall thing.. never seen a pic of this before... Must see it in person

  5. Mr.Jingles 82 months ago | reply

    This is so unique !
    Great shot !

  6. lady_elsinore 82 months ago | reply

    That is wild! Very nice image

  7. ~~Tone~~ 82 months ago | reply

    Thanks for the comments everyone.

  8. ​eyebex 82 months ago | reply

    Insane. It looks like the unsuspecting canoeist could easily get sucked down....

  9. Time Share 76 months ago | reply

    wow amazing image!

  10. blackdog8200 76 months ago | reply

    Great image/subject. Very cool indeed!

  11. freakdog 76 months ago | reply

    Nice shot! Very nice tones and the plughole makes me feel slightly uneasy!!!

    Seen in "UK Fine Art Landscape Photography Gallery" (Invited) (?)

  12. Keartona 71 months ago | reply

    Much photographed but this is a good one.
    Makes it look like all the worlds going down the drain.

  13. setsuyostar 69 months ago | reply

    Lovely shot of an enigmatic place. As I have recounted elsewhere (apologies if it becomes a bore!) My next door neighbour, one Leslie Homewood of Shirebrook, drowned here in the mid 80's whist attempting to retrieve a wayward football. Perhaps something to think about next time you are there?

  14. Silver*Rose 65 months ago | reply

    This is an awe-inspiring capture of an interesting place. In fact after seeing yours, I'm inspred to go and already planning it. I think inspiring people to take positive action, such as learning about something new to them, or even visiting it, is something to feel very pround of. Primarily I write (poetry) and photography is new to me. I think I am learning that while it can be harder to inspire with a picture, where you are not able to use words, the results when it succesfully achieved it can be phenomenal.

  15. MartiGmD 64 months ago | reply

    Hi, I'm an Admin of a group called Black & White: À la film noire! and I'd love to have your photo added to the group, it's a great B&W photograph!!! Very Original!

  16. greg..! 62 months ago | reply

    Hi, I'm the creator of the group Wonderful World!
    Wonderful shot!

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  17. Mangan's 40 months ago | reply

    Please see the final version of the book with my image on the cover here:

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