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Infiltration Forums > World > Ladybower Reservoir Overflow, Derbyshire, UK - July '16(Viewed 1999 times)
KM Punk location:
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Ladybower Reservoir Overflow, Derbyshire, UK - July '16
< on 8/10/2016 4:02 PM >
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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). The dam differs from the Howden Reservoir and Derwent Reservoir in that it is a clay-cored earth embankment, and not a solid masonry dam. Below the dam is a cut-off trench 180 feet (55 m) deep and 6 feet (1.8 m) wide filled with concrete, stretching 500 feet (150 m) into the hills each side, to stop water leaking round the dam. The dam wall was built by Richard Baillie and Sons, a Scottish company. 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. The project was delayed when the Second World War broke out in 1939, making labour and raw materials scarce. But construction was continued due to the strategic importance of maintaining supplies. King George VI, accompanied by Queen Elizabeth, formally opened the reservoir on 25 September 1945.

During the 1990s the wall was raised and strengthened to reduce the risk of over-topping in a major flood. The original dam wall contains 100,000 tons of concrete, over one million tons of earth and 100,000 tons of clay for the core. The upstream face is stone faced. Materials were brought to the site on the Derwent Valley Water Board's own branch line and their sidings off the main line in theHope Valley.

The dam's design is unusual in having two totally enclosed bellmouth overflows (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.

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This was on our UK Expo Tour, taking explorers from around the world arround the UK on a draining trip

On our way from Manchester, back to Leicester, I decided to take the car I was in, over Snake Pass. We were an hour ahead of PaulthePom's car and I didn't have a key to his house, so there was no rush back to middle England.
Beautiful road and after a couple of stops for photos, we were coming towards Ladybower Reservoir. So I posed the question, "As we're here, why not?"
I've wanted to do this beauty for years, each time I've been in the area, the bellmouths have been flowing well. After weeks of little to no rain, we had our chance to strike.



The general opinion was "Fuck it, why not?"
So we pulled into the car park, got the camera kit on and headed on our way.
Once in, I was gobsmacked with the size. And the echo.
Awesome sneaky explore which put us behind schedule by an hour (sorry PaulthePom).
Really enjoyed this one, certainly worth the lateness.

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Cheers for Looking





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Re: Ladybower Reservoir Overflow, Derbyshire, UK - July '16
<Reply # 1 on 8/16/2016 12:16 PM >
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Great post, thanks for sharing.

Some interesting history about this reservoir is that the ancient villages of Derwent and Ashopton were flooded in order to create it. What little remains of Derwent can still be seen during the occasional drought. Check these videos from 1996 (around 16 minutes total viewing time).

https://www.youtub...atch?v=dRSolSz9AsY
https://www.youtub...atch?v=_I0_AUx2k6M
https://www.youtub...atch?v=krZ7eb8pQww

And here's another few minutes of historical film from 1947 when the church tower was still standing:

https://www.youtub...atch?v=k2M5_Fp9S-E
https://www.youtub...atch?v=4B55yWAzjAk



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Re: Ladybower Reservoir Overflow, Derbyshire, UK - July '16
<Reply # 2 on 8/17/2016 2:42 AM >
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Never been into draining much, but have to admit that pics 1 and 6 make me want to see it. Enjoyed the history and your captures!



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Re: Ladybower Reservoir Overflow, Derbyshire, UK - July '16
<Reply # 3 on 8/17/2016 2:45 AM >
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internet acting up....Sorry for the double post...but, enjoyed Wangs additions also


[last edit 8/17/2016 2:47 AM by MisUnderstood! - edited 1 times]

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Re: Ladybower Reservoir Overflow, Derbyshire, UK - July '16
<Reply # 4 on 8/17/2016 3:20 AM >
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One of best 3rd posts by a new member I've ever seen.
Excellent one of a kind site, great shots, with a great write up to boot.
Impressive.
Thank you for sharing



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Re: Ladybower Reservoir Overflow, Derbyshire, UK - July '16
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Thanks for the positive feedback guys

Posted by Emperor Wang
Great post, thanks for sharing.

Some interesting history about this reservoir is that the ancient villages of Derwent and Ashopton were flooded in order to create it. What little remains of Derwent can still be seen during the occasional drought. Check these videos from 1996 (around 16 minutes total viewing time).


They did something similar with Rutland Water(Formally Empingham Water) in the 70's. When preparing the land, they demolished the vilage of Nether Hambleton and partially demolished Middle Hambleton. There's not that much land going spare over here, we're only a dot on the map.

Posted by MisUnderstood!
Never been into draining much, but have to admit that pics 1 and 6 make me want to see it. Enjoyed the history and your captures!


I wasn't into drains at first, but I love them now. There's some interesting stuff on offer underground. You should give it a go.

Posted by blackhawk
One of best 3rd posts by a new member I've ever seen.
Excellent one of a kind site, great shots, with a great write up to boot.
Impressive.
Thank you for sharing


Since seeing this on the British forums a couple of years ago, I've wanted to do this. It is certainly something special, Pictures don't do the place justice.





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Re: Ladybower Reservoir Overflow, Derbyshire, UK - July '16
<Reply # 6 on 8/17/2016 3:52 PM >
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Number 6! wow, all pictures are amazing - great history too! thanks for sharing with us!



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Re: Ladybower Reservoir Overflow, Derbyshire, UK - July '16
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Posted by KM Punk

Since seeing this on the British forums a couple of years ago, I've wanted to do this. It is certainly something special, Pictures don't do the place justice.




Many times landscapes and very large structures are difficult to reproduce to even close to what you saw. Even so I really wuv these images and the written background on them.
An unique piece of engineering that I otherwise may never have seen.
It's obvious you put some quality effort into this thread.
No BS; just the facts and the images
Refreshing to see a good UE thread from a new member.
It shows you did your homework here.



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Re: Ladybower Reservoir Overflow, Derbyshire, UK - July '16
<Reply # 8 on 8/18/2016 1:36 PM >
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Punk, you really surprised us with this one. I saw some posts from a few years ago, telling myself "wow, such a nice place, too bad I probably won't ever get to see it..."

I'm very glad I got to explore this one with you guys, as soon as I edit my pics I'll post them here as well.



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Re: Ladybower Reservoir Overflow, Derbyshire, UK - July '16
<Reply # 9 on 8/23/2016 9:59 PM >
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Posted by KM Punk
They did something similar with Rutland Water(Formally Empingham Water) in the 70's. When preparing the land, they demolished the vilage of Nether Hambleton and partially demolished Middle Hambleton. There's not that much land going spare over here, we're only a dot on the map.


I love these ginormous civil engineering projects. Just 100 km or so upriver from me they dammed a giant section of the St. Lawrence River in the 1950s for the Seaway and a hydroelectric project. You can read some of then history in the DB entry I made for the Cornwall Canal if you find this stuff interesting. Check the 2nd panorama map to see the extent of the flooding.



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