Eerie UK village now lies submerged at the bottom of a reservoir

Eerie photos capture what is left of a small UK village that now lies underwater.

Derwent in Derbyshire was demolished in the 1940s to create a reservoir which would supply the growing cities of Derby, Sheffield, Nottingham and Leicester.

The entire village was flooded out for the creation of the Ladybower Reservoir, with structures being demolished before the flooding took place.

Nonetheless, when the water levels fall low enough, glimpses of Derwent can sometimes emerge from the depths.

Website Lets Go Peak District says that the village contained "twisting streets of pretty cottages, alongside which the River Derwent flowed under stone bridges."

"It had a small but tight-knit community, with a number of houses and a school," the website adds.

"The village church of St John and St James was built in 1757 and seated 140 parishioners."

The church was initially left intact, with the top of the spire peaking out from the water.

However, the structure was demolished amid safety concerns when it became clear that people were swimming out to try and reach the spire.

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Nonetheless, some structures remain intact to this day including bridges, walls, and a pump house.

Low water levels in 2018 saw the village revealed for the first time in many years, with visitors travelling to catch a glimpse of the strange sight.

Dave Aston, from the Peak District's Upper Derwent Visitor Centre, told the BBC that the last time he had seen the ruins was in 1995, some 23 years earlier.

Few people now remain alive who remember Derwent before it was flooded, but one of those is Mabel Bamford.

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In 2019 aged 92, she spoke to BBC travel about Derwent and its larger neighbour village Ashopton, which shared the same fate.

She said: "I may be the last person who remembers Ashopton and Derwent.

"I was going to school there, even as the construction of Ladybower was underway.

"We had to walk one-and-a-half miles to Derwent. Sometimes the shooters and beaters in the grouse season gave us a lift. But the rides we liked best were offered by the pipeline workers.

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"They'd lift us inside the big black pipes they were constructing at the site of the reservoir."

Derwent and Ashopton are not the only villages in the UK to share this sad fate.

The Tryweryn Valley in Wales was also flooded in 1965 to supply Liverpool with water despite ardent protests from locals.

The slogan ''cofiwch Dryweryn', "remember Tryweryn" has since become a slogan for Welsh nationalism.

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