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Ashopton Village before the construction of Ladybower Reservoir, c 1930s
From collection of F H Brindley
Brindley, F H
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Showing the main Manchester-Sheffield road.
Ashopton was flooded to create the Ladybower Reservoir during the Second World War, and many buildings were sacrificed in this process. The project, first suggested in the early 1920s, caused considerable controversy because it involved the flooding of two inhabited villages - Ashopton and Derwent. Despite protests the dam went ahead and was finished in 1943, though the reservoir took a further two years to fill. It was officially opened on 25 September 1945 by the King.
The back of the photo states "The Manchester, Sheffield main road will be riased here on a bridge 200ft up the hillside and cross to the point where the photo was taken. The rivers Derwent on right and Ashop in centre, join here, and the bridge will cross the 2 valleys at this point. The dam will be the largest in England."