Year of 2017

Derwent Reservoir, Derbyshire, England

This peaceful setting in the Derwent Valley of Derbyshire, England, seems an unlikely setting for the birth of the Industrial Revolution, but in the 18th century it was buzzing with innovation. It’s here that inventor Richard Arkwright created machinery to manufacture textiles faster, and of a high quality—ushering in the modern factory system. Located in the Peak District National Park, this region has World Heritage status for its historic significance. Even the Derwent Dam, shown here, has a unique history. The dam served as a practice site for WWII pilots as they prepared for Operation Chastise, aka Dam Busters, a 1943 attack that breached two German dams and caused catastrophic flooding.

Derwent Reservoir is the middle of three reservoirs in the Upper Derwent Valley in the northeast of Derbyshire, England. It lies approximately 10 miles from Glossop and 10 miles from Sheffield. The River Derwent flows first through Howden Reservoir, then Derwent Reservoir and finally through Ladybower Reservoir. Between them they provide practically all of Derbyshire’s water, as well as to a large part of South Yorkshire and as far afield as Nottingham and Leicester.
Depth: 114 feet (34.70 m)
Length: 1.20 miles (2 km)
Surface area: 7,620,849 sq feet (708,000 m²)
Inflow: River Derwent, Derbyshire
Outflow: River Derwent, Derbyshire
Derwent Dam August 2017
Derwent Dam from the top of the dam, August 2017