The warehouse / wharf shed is a two storey building constructed from dressed gritstone with a slate roof. The canopy extends from the second floor covering a large area adjacent to the canal and is a cast iron, timber and slate construction. It was probably built when the Cromford & High Peak Railway was being constructed in 1831 to transfer goods to and from the canal and railway. There is a theory that this was not the first transhipment warehouse and that the loco shed (now demolished) at the far northern end of the wharf was the first and that the canopy of this Warehouse was added in the 1930’s, but this has not been verified. It is interesting to note the sign is still on the building which prohibits engines from entering.
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The Sidings were located to the north of Transhipment warehouse and in front of the weighbridge office and Lengthmans, they were laid at the same time allowing for the stationary waggons to be parked while waiting loading / unloading and being marshalled. The crane stump can still be seen at the south end of the sidings which is all that remains of the cantilever crane that once helped to load and unload. This cast iron crane is the typical design of the CHPR construction and was in the current position from 1878. The area along the sidings is now a very pleasant place to have a stop for refreshments, there are picnic tables scattered around for your convenience.
The Ticket Office was most probably built when the Cromford & High Peak Railway was being constructed around 1840 to control and register the movement of goods being transported between the canal and railway (the building was marked as “Office” on the 1878 OS records). A ticket would be attached to the waggons, once registered, indicating goods carried and their destination. The building is constructed of dressed sandstone with a clay tile roof and double hung sash windows. There are two rooms inside the building. One was possibly the formal office and the other a mess room. There is a fire place in each room, hence the double chimney that can be observed from outside.
The Weighbridge Office was built sometime between 1878 and 1898. It is a small single roomed building, built in a cutting out of the bank, it has a tall chimney which is visible from a distance. Built from random coarse gritstone with a blue Welsh tiled roof and brick chimney. The building is aligned parallel to what was the railway track and faces the canal. It is understood that the actual weighbridge was immediately in front of the building. It is interesting to note that the steps at the side of the building leading up to the paddock at the rear were constructed using old Cromford & High Peak Railway sleeper blocks. The weighbridge was a later addition to High Peak Junction but was an important component of the goods operation when the connection to the mainline had been made.
Browns Swing Bridge is an original feature of the Cromford Canal. The earliest recording of the bridge is in the 1811 survey of the canal and describes it as an accommodation bridge for “Hobson’s House” later to become the Junction Inn (land owned by Arkwright).
The water tower and tank that served the Cromford & High Peak Railway and is located opposite the workshop at the bottom of the incline. The original assembly in this location appears to date from between 1878 and 1898, although the small size of the cast iron plates suggests the tank assembly may date from the first introduction of steam in the 1830’s. Water was one of the primary goods carried in water carriages on the Cromford & High Peak Railway, needed for both stationary and locomotive steam engines working the railway from 1833. A water supply was also needed for domestic and industrial consumers along the upper reaches of the porous lime stone uplands.