Taken from the south, it shows a wealth of fascinating detail, including the ruins of the Gunpowder Mill, as well as the line of the old Cromford & High Peak Railway which now forms the popular footpath running along the eastern shore of the reservoir.
On the right is Shawstile Farm, which has completely disappeared from the landscape. And in the background is a group of steam-driven cranes, some of which feature on the 1934 cine film of the inauguration ceremony.
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Comparing then and now
Click here to view a side-by-side comparison of the area before and after the construction of Fernilee Reservoir. Simply move the cursor across the 1890s map to view the same detail on today’s satellite photo.