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The Derwent Valley Water Board *Incorporated 1899*

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Upper Derwent Valley is an area of the Peak District National Park in England. It largely lies in Derbyshire, but its north eastern area lies in Sheffield, South Yorkshire. Its most significant features are the Derwent Dams (Ladybower Dam, Derwent Dam and Howden Dam) which form Howden Reservoir, Derwent Reservoir and Ladybower Reservoir.

In 1899, the Derwent Valley Water Board was set up to supply water to Derby City, Leicester, Nottingham and Sheffield, and the two Gothic-style dams were built across the River Derwent to create Howden Reservoir (1912) and Derwent Reservoir (1916).

West of the Derwent, a large village known as Birchinlee, locally known as 'Tin Town' was created for the 'navvies' - the workers who built the dams, and their families, many of whom came from the Elan Valley Reservoirs in Wales.

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  • Date Taken: 2008-04-13
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