A private coach road had been developed by Strutt (probably in association with Hurt and Arkwright), which ran along the west bank of the river north of Belper, at least as far as the Halfpenny Bridge at Ambergate. It is clearly shown on an estate plan of 1828, and is labelled 'the old Bradley Road and Coach Road to Cromford; now changed'. Bradley Road is now known as Wyver Lane and the square planned building at the end of Wyver Lane (Weir Lodge) may have had a dual function, controlling gated access to the private road. This road was documented by Farey in 1817: 'A good road exists at present up the Vale of the Derwent, from Duffield to Belper-bridge [see SMR 99050], from whence it would be very important to the public that a good road should be made up the west side of the river to Cromford, nearly along the line of a private carriage-way, between these places, belonging to Messrs. Strutts, Charles Hurt, and Richard Arkwright, Esqrs…'. The final route chosen for the Belper to Cromford Turnpike was clearly on the east side of the river, from Broadholme [see SMR 99062]. (1, 2)
Wyver Lane can be traced from Belper Bridge all the way to Lawn Cottage on modern OS mapping. Lawn Cottage is named 'Mill Hay Lawn' on Sanderson's map of 1835. On this map, the track can be seen to continue on and to the west of 'Dairy Farm' (now Dairywood Farm), then joining Whitewells Road, which turns down to Halfpenny Bridge at Ambergate. (3, 4)
Unpublished document: Morris, M (Mel Morris Conservation). 2005. Summaries of Historic Transport Networks in the Derwent Valley World Heitage Site. pp. 3-4.
Bibliographic reference: Farey, J. 1817. A General View of the Agriculture and Minerals of Derbyshire Vol. 3. Volume III. p. 226.
Map: Sanderson, G. 1835. Twenty Miles round Mansfield.
Map: Ordnance Survey (OS). Current Mastermap and 1:10000 series.
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ALDERWASLEY, AMBER VALLEY, DERBYSHIRE
BELPER, AMBER VALLEY, DERBYSHIRE
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Derwent Valley Mills
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