Ladybower and Derwent Villages

Q. Do you have any pics off the village before Ladybower and Derwent Reservoirs were built (including the church under water)?

Adam Gratton


A. Every bookshop and Tourist Information Office in the Peak carries a wide range of photographic books about the area, many of which cover its history. The best advice would be for Adam to visit the shops, and take a look.

From my own collection I can recommend the following:

The Peak District: Pictures from the Past.

Lindsey Porter.

The Cromwell Press ISBN 086190543 1

Photo no. 73 - Ashopton

Bygone Days in the Peak District.

Lindsey Porter.

Moorland Publishing ISBN 086190 016

2 Photos 35 - 40

Time Exposure. The Peak National Park - Past and Present.

Peak Park Joint Planning Board. ISBN 0-907543-48-0

Pages 56 - 60

Ron Linton, Cheadle Hulme


A. Ladybower and Derwent Reservoirs were built between 1943-1945 and their construction flooded two villages - Derwent and Ashopton.

We don't have any pictures I'm afraid - but I have a vague memory that Derwent Reservoir do a little booklet with some black and white photos of Derwent village (which I think was the one with the church spire that used to poke out of the water when the levels were low (it has since been demolished).

There's a museum at Derwent Dam with historical books and there is a gift shop in the Fairholmes car park.

I'm sure either might have something you might find useful - they may even post it to you if you can't get to visit.

Has anyone else got more information/some pictures?

Mike (Editor)


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