The Ashopton Viaduct arches
Ashopton shown within Derbyshire
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Ashopton was a small village in Derbyshire, England, in the vale of the River Ashop. In the early 1940s, the village (along with neighbouring Derwent) was demolished to make way for the filling of Ladybower Reservoir.
The village was in the chapelry of Derwent. In 1829, Stephen Glover wrote that the village hosted a wool fair on 29 July; he suggested that this was intended to be a tradition continued annually on the last Wednesday of July.
The village was located near where the Derwent Valley joins the Snake Valley, (route of the current A57 Snake Pass to Glossop). The only reminder of the village is in the name of the Ashopton Viaduct which carries the A57 across the mouth of the Derwent Valley. The main part of the village was located immediately to the south of the viaduct. Unlike the remains of Derwent Village which have become visible when water levels have dropped, Ashopton will never re-emerge from the waters of Ladybower as silt has already covered the remains of its buildings.
A key part of the village was the Methodist Chapel, built in 1840. The final service was held at the chapel on 25 September 1939. The final hymn sung was The Day's Dying in the West. The chapel was finally demolished, along with the remaining buildings in the village, in 1943.
The Derwent Valley Museum, located on the Derwent Reservoir dam and run privately by Vic Hallam, tells the history of the Derwent valley and of Derwent and Ashopton as well as the tale of RAF Squadron 617 and its training for Operation Chastise during the Second World War.
- Glover, Stephen (1829). The history of the county of Derby, Part 2. H. Mozley and son. p. 50.
- Hallam, Vic (1989) Silent Valley: the story of the lost Derbyshire villages of Derwent and Ashopton, Sheffield: Sheaf Publishing Ltd, ISBN 0-9505458-9-9
- "Derwent Dam Museum". Derwent Dam Museum. 2012. Archived from the original on 2 July 2012. Retrieved 1 May 2014.
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