‘Drowned village’ is exposed at Burrator Reservoir because of UK heatwave

The water in the reservoir has dipped below 50% capacity (Picture: SWNS)

A “drowned village” hidden from view for more than a century has been uncovered because of the UK heatwave.

Parts of a historic estate, known as the “drowned village”, are visible after the water in Burrator Reservoir on Dartmoor, Devon, dried up in the hot weather.

As the water in the reservoir dips to below 50% capacity, ruins of a wall can be seen.

With water levels still dropping, more of the village may yet become visible as it is believed a farmhouse and bridge may lurk beneath the surface.

The village can be viewed for the first time in decades (Picture: SWNS)

Landmarks including Essworthy Farm, Darke’s leat and Sheepstor Bridge were submerged when the valley was flooded in 1898.

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Parts of the 15th century Longstone Manor were also sunk when the reservoir was expanded in 1929.

This time last year the water source was at about 85 per cent.

Locals said it had been “fascinating” seeing the estate ruins emerge.

Alex Hillman, of Plymouth, Devon, said: “It’s amazing to see all of the things that are not usually revealed.

The “drowned village” about to be exposed at Burrator Reservoir (Picture: SWNS)
The ruins of an old wall can be seen after the water level dropped (Picture: SWNS)

“It’s fascinating. I’ve never seen the water this low before.”

South West Water said that despite the low-lying reservoir, the region was not facing a supply problem and total storage is currently at 81.5%, compared to 75.8% at this time last year.

A spokesman said it normally uses water from Burrator Reservoir first because it is closest to Plymouth and does not require pumping.

They added: “In the last two weeks we have reduced the amount of water we are taking from Burrator and are using other sources instead.

“This is normal operating practice.”