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Ladybower Reservoir Portal to other worlds

Ladybower Reservoir Portal to other worlds
The Upper Derwent Valley in Derbyshire, England. Ladybower Reservoir Portal to other worlds

Ladybower Reservoir Portal to other worlds
Undoubtedly, it is the best association with this picturesque place. However, the funnel reservoir is not a miracle of nature, it’s human technological interaction with nature. Of course, the impressive sight, like the gateway to hell, has become a popular tourist location. Ladybower is a large Y-shaped reservoir, the lowest of three in the Upper Derwent Valley in Derbyshire, England. Built between 1935 and 1943 by the Derwent Valley Water Board, it took a further two years to fill (1945).

Ladybower Reservoir Portal to other worlds
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

Ladybower Reservoir
Portal to other worlds
Ladybower Reservoir
Tourist attraction
Spillway of this form is not the only one in the world, but also the biggest
Spillway of this form is not the only one in the world, but also the biggest
Ladybower Reservoir Portal to other worlds
The area now attracts photographers and tourists
The bell mouths are often completely out of the water and only rarely submerged, often after heavy rainfall or flooding.
The bell mouths are often completely out of the water and only rarely submerged, often after heavy rainfall or flooding

Ladybower Reservoir Portal to other worlds

Ladybower Reservoir Portal to other worlds
The building of the dam wall undertaken by the Scottish company of Richard Baillie and Sons
Ladybower Reservoir Portal to other worlds
The dam differs from the Howden Reservoir and Derwent Reservoir, as it is a clay-cored earth embankment, and not a solid masonry dam
The dams design is peculiar in having two totally enclosed bellmouth overflows at the side of the wall.
The design of the dams is peculiar in having two totally enclosed bellmouth overflows at the side of the wall
the Ladybower Reservoir
Wonderful Ladybower Reservoir
Ladybower Reservoir Portal to other worlds
The opening ceremony for the reservoir took place on Tuesday 25 September 1945, attended by King George VI accompanied by the future Queen Elizabeth
Ladybower Reservoir Portal to other worlds
The water used for river control and to compensate for the water retained by all three dams, along with supply into the drinking water system and hydroelectricity generation

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