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Lost Cumbrian village appears during heatwave

Katie Avis-Riordan
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From House Beautiful

After countless days of sunshine and high temperatures, there have been threats of hosepipe bans across the country, sleepless nights for many, and a lot of fun in the sun.

However, one more unusual thing to have happened during the heatwave is the discovery of a lost village deep in the Cumbrian countryside.

The ruins of Mardale Green in the Lake District have been uncovered as Haweswater Reservoir has dried up in the heat. The reservoir has submerged the settlement since 1935, after the valley was intentionally flooded to collect water.

The reservoir was created to supply water to the Manchester area, so all the farms and buildings in the valley had to be demolished, including the village church and pub. All the residents were evicted.

The huge reservoir is four miles long and about half a mile wide, which emphasises the extreme nature of the country's recent weather in causing the drought.

As water levels have dropped due to the sweltering temperatures, the ruins of the drowned village of Mardale Green have started to appear. Stone walls and the ruins of the village bridge are now visible.

Many country ramblers have taken to social media to share their pictures of the dried up reservoir...




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