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Monument record MDR11764 - Boat House (remains of), Willersley Castle, Cromford

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The site is shown as 'Boat House' on late 19th and early 20th century OS maps. (1, 2, 3) The riverside walk at Willersley Castle passes a wide, semicircular weir which was constructed c. 1783 to provide water for Arkwright's mill (now Masson Mill) on the west bank of the river. The weir, with an unusual down-stream curved profile, forms an ornamental cascade, while above to the north the river is widened. Below the weir are the remains of 19th century stone-lined fish tanks while above are the remains of a late 18th century boathouse. (4) A ruined stone built structure [possibly the remains of the boathouse], measuring 7m by 6m with an entrance in the south wall, was identified during survey in 2008 situated on the east bank of the River Derwent close to the weir. (5)

Sources/Archives (5)

  • <1> Map: Ordnance Survey (OS). 1882. OS County Series, 1st edition, scale 1:2500 (c. 25" to one mile). XXXIV-6.
  • <2> Map: Ordnance Survey (OS). 1896-1900. OS County Series, 2nd edition (1st revision), scale 1:2500 (c. 25" to one mile). XXXIV-6, 1898.
  • <3> Map: Ordnance Survey (OS). 1912-1921. OS County Series, 3rd edition (Second Revision), scale 1:2500 (25" to one mile). XXXIV-6.
  • <4> Bibliographic reference: English Heritage. Register of Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest in England. Part 10: Derbyshire. PG4267.
  • <5> Unpublished document: Jurecki, K (ARCUS). 2008. Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site Landscape Project: Cromford and Belper Survey Transects. Level 1 Survey.. C2/8.



Grid reference Centred SK 2958 5752 (5m by 5m)
World Heritage Site Derwent Valley Mills

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  • EDR3959

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Record last edited

Dec 21 2018 9:27AM

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