It’s no secret that we haven’t had a lot of rainfall over summer and I’ve been seeing a lot of images of Ladybower Reservoir to reflect this. Water levels are very low, revealing all sorts that hasn’t seen the light of day since 1996. I decided to take a look for myself. I’ve spent many hours in a boat on Ladybower Reservoir, tempting the trout to take my fly, but I can’t remember seeing it this low.
This image is of the aquaduct that usually spans the reservoir.
It is well known (I think) that the construction of Ladybower meant that 2 villages were lost to the water. Exposed now is the remains Derwent Hall and some surrounding buildings. From ground level they don’t seem to have any form. They just look like rubble. There are some remnants of masonry still intact, but generally it is difficult to get an idea of what was once there. You can see here, some sort of trough, some gateposts, still partly submerged and lots of rubble in the mud.
As it was quite quiet, I decided to see if I could get any worthwhile images with the drone. It was very revealing and definitely worth the effort I hope you’ll agree.
The outline of Derwent Hall is clearly visible, as is the fishpond on the left.
As I was wandering around, I did see a very interesting building. Still largely intact and of a very high quality I didn’t know what it was. The views from the drone seemed to suggest some sort of leat leading to it.
It turns out, it is a Valve House. I’m still not absolutely sure what it was for and whether it was anything to do with Derwent Hall.
Here are some more images from the visit.
Overall, it was quite an interesting day investigating the ruins of Derwent Hall. Very enjoyable.