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Derwent Dam - Water Pipes Awaiting Laying, Ladybower Reservoir, Bamford, c 1950s ?

By 1900, populations of the industrial towns in North Derbyshire, Sheffield, Nottingham, Derby and Leicester, and with it demands for good supplies of water, had increased so much, it was recognised that the upper Derwent Valley in North Derbyshire would be ideal for water storage to satisfy their growing needs. The valley was deep and long, surrounded by gritstone edges with narrow points for dam…