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Ouzelden Bridge exposed during drought, Derwent Reservoir, c 1930s ?
From collection of F H Brindley
Brindley, F H (Sheffield and District News Pictures, 973 Abbeydale Road)
c 1930s ?
About this image
This view is looking north towards Howden Dam. In the middle distance the parapets of Ouzelden Bridge can be seen, exposed amid the accumulations of silt due to the Derwent Reservoir being virtually empty because of drought. Until the rebuilding of the packhorse bridge from Derwent village at Slippery Stones following the construction of Ladybower Reservoir, Ouzelden was the first and most northerly bridge across the River Derwent. The stream in the foreground is Ouzelden Brook, a tributary of the Derwent.
The photographer titled this view 'Great Drought in Derbyshire', adding 'View of today of Derwent Dam Derbyshire with ancient bridge and old road in view in dam Bottom. When full it is 3 miles long. It supplies Sheffield, Derby, Leicester and Nottingham with drinking water.'