Eerie long lost British village flooded for reservoir rediscovered after drought

A once thriving village that was flooded out so a resorvoir could take its place sometimes raises its head when water levels fall low.

Derwent in Derbyshire was demolished in the 1940s to create a reservoir which would supply the growing cities of Derby, Sheffield, Nottingham and Leicester.

The entire village was flooded out for the creation of the Ladybower Reservoir, with structures being demolished before the flooding took place.

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And amid a heatwave sweeping the UK, Ladybower's levels are in danger of falling, and could reveal the village below.

At the time of writing, it is 33 degree celcius in Derwent, and temperatures are due to rise to a sweltering 36.

Low water levels in 2018 saw the village revealed for the first time in many years, with visitors travelling to catch a glimpse of the strange sight.

Dave Aston, from the Peak District's Upper Derwent Visitor Centre, told the BBC that the last time he had seen the ruins was in 1995, some 23 years earlier.

Website Lets Go Peak District says that the village contained "twisting streets of pretty cottages, alongside which the River Derwent flowed under stone bridges."

"It had a small but tight-knit community, with a number of houses and a school," the website adds.

"The village church of St John and St James was built in 1757 and seated 140 parishioners."

The church was initially left intact, with the top of the spire peaking out from the water.

However, the structure was demolished amid safety concerns when it became clear that people were swimming out to try and reach the spire.

Around five years ago, a fascinating collection of photographs, many of them once sold at the aforementioned post office, were made public. They gave a unique insight into these soon-to-be most turbulent of times and were later put up for auction, selling for £310.

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The images paint an idyllic picture of Ashopton, with villagers seen enjoying life, washing their sheep in the river and gathering in grand attire on stage coaches.

One photo shows residents congregating by the village inn.

Records show in 1829, Ashopton hosted a wool fair – a tradition which continued annually in July. The village, which had a population of around 100, was located near where the Derwent Valley joins the Snake Valley.


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