Lament for Derwent Village

Seven pink roses, all that I saved

Dark tempest waters washed their strong roots away

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The lost village of Derwent was cleared and flooded in the 1940s to create the Ladybower reservoir. The villagers were rehomed, the graves exhumed, and the buildings demolished, with the exception of the Church spire which stood as a memorial rising out of the water. Unfortunately, a few years later, the spire was deemed a safety risk, and in 1947 it too was knocked down.

Lament for Derwent Village - Ladybower Reservoir in Derbyshire

Photo: Rob Bendall

by Bella Hardy

Seven pink roses
All that I saved
Faded pink roses, crumbling, pressed in the page

Last of the roses
My sweat and my blood
My beautiful garden strangled weeds in the flood

When a heart can be drowned
When strong stones so easily broken
Never more will bird song sound
My fathers stories will no more be spoken

A single memorial
The Church spire remained
Cresting the waters surface, at least ‘till today.

But they're coming with dynamite
And she too must go
She’ll lie with the empty graves in that deep black below

When a heart can be drowned
When strong stones so easily broken
Never more will bird song sound
My fathers stories will no more be spoken

Home is the landmarks
Worn rock and marked tree
The land is your family’s story, that valley was me

Seven pink roses
All that I saved
Dark tempest waters washed their strong roots away

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