Aqueduct cottage was home to a lengthsman and his family. Before Peter Nightingale was given permission to build his branch of the canal, he had to agree to separate the Leawood Cut from Cromford Canal with a lock. It was the lengthsman’s job to operate the lock, as well as maintain his section of the canal. [Read more…] about Ackerdock Cottage
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At Hopton Top stands the Engineman’s Cottage adjacent to the site of the original stationary engine house. The Cottage was used by employees of the railway until the final closure of the line in 1963. The full impressive size of the wind turbines can also be appreciated from here.
You are exploring part of the Butterley Gangroad, first built in 1793 to link local quarries with the Cromford Canal. It was one of the first railways in the East Midlands, and maybe the world, where a steam locomotive operated successfully.
The old Warner Quarry (originally a mine in 1793) was used until the 1850s until Hilts quarry was opened and the self-acting incline constructed from the Hat Factory to Hilts quarry. Warner quarry was temporarily re-opened around 1900 but was finally closed when all the works were closed in 1933. Derbyshire County Council acquired the site in 1983 and used the site as a landfill site and the old quarry and the old route from Dimple Lane to the quarry are no longer accessible. Rolls-Royce acquired the Hilts quarry site and again access to the quarry is prohibited.
By looking through the mesh gate you will see the cutting through which the line entered the quarry site. The cottage on the lane is known as Incline Cottage.