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Artist: Dave Boardman

Ladybower Reservoir with Plughole

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Title: Ladybower Reservoir with Plughole

Ladybower Reservoir Derbyshire 

Ladybower Reservoir is a large Y-shaped, artificial reservoir, was built between 1935 and 1943 by the Derwent Valley Water Board to supplement the other two reservoirs in supplying the water needs of the East Midlands.

Ladybower Plug Holes Derbyshire 

Ladybower shaft spillways but affectionately known as plug holes.

Each plug hole has a diameter of 24m (78ft) and the drop from the exit point to the floor of the tunnel below is 20m (66ft).

The drains were designed to regulate water levels in the reservoir by letting out water when the reservoir became full after prolonged wet spells.

The water is carried away down tunnels through the dam to the River Derwent downstream.

Artist Bio:
Capturing Moments Across Six Decades

Born and raised in Lancashire and having spent some years living and working in London, I settled in the beautiful Belper area about 20 years ago, and enjoy exploring the huge variety of photographic opportunities presented by the Derwent Valley and the Peak District. 

I first picked up a camera as a toddler, due to my dad’s interest in photography, but my own passion really ignited in the mid-1970s, with a Rollei Flex Twin-Lens Reflex camera, and 120 film. 

From those early days I have moved through Pentax, and particularly Nikon cameras, and from film and slides into the digital era, to develop my skills and learn how best to present my personal perspective on the world.