The Gothic Warehouse was built by the canal company for Wheatcrofts, the principle canal carrier in 1874. The warehouse is built of coarse and dressed sandstone with two storeys and a semi basement. The roof is constructed from welsh slates with a canopy structure spanning over the canal and loading dock. The canopy was added in 1814. The north west gable facing Willersley Castle (the intended home for Sir Richard Arkwright) has a castellated parapet which is where it got its name, the Gothic Warehouse. The warehouse is aligned parallel to the canal with taking in doors on all sides but the North West side. It would have been used to store goods bought or being transported along the canal. The sign over the North West doorway says N Wheatcroft & Sons Ltd, see if you can find out what merchants they were from the sign.
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The General Wharf at Cromford was the original wharf completed with the canal in 1794. The Cromford Canal Act of 1789 provided for two alternative wharf locations. One was on the meadows near to the present railway bridge. The second was the option chosen and built, opposite the Cromford Mill and taking part of the garden of Rock House, the then home of Sir Richard Arkwright. Initially the wharf was built as a single canal channel and gothic warehouse. The wharf area was extended in 1824 by the building of a parallel second canal arm from the present winding hole. The Wharf was the headquarters of the canal carriers Wheatcrofts until they moved to Bullbridge. The goods handled included coal, timber, limestone, agricultural and domestic items. [Read more…] about Cromford Canal – Cromford Wharf