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Monument record MDR2429 - Temporary railway (route of), Thornhill

Type and Period (1)

  • (Early 20th Century to First World War - 1901 AD to 1915 AD)

Protected Status/Designation

  • None recorded

Full Description

Remains of a temporary line laid to carry stone for the building of dams in the Upper Derwent valley in the early 20th century. (1) Former railway line owned and constructed by the Derwent Valley Water Board and used to transport stone from Bole Hill Quarry near Padley to build Howden and Derwent reservoirs. The railway was dismantled in 1915. (3) The hardstanding forming surface of the Thornhhill Trail represents the level of the former trackbed, although balsast and tracks have been removed. The width varies from 1.5 to 3m, and there is a slight camber on either side covered with vegetation. It falls from c. 189m OD to c. 155m OD, with a long incline in the southern section. (4)

Sources/Archives (4)

  • <1> Bibliographic reference: Fowkes, D. 1984. Derbyshire Industrial Archaeology - A Gazetteer of Sites. Part I. Borough of High Peak. p 29.
  • <2> Bibliographic reference: Harris, H. 1971. Industrial Archaeology of the Peak District.
  • <3> Unpublished document: Bevan, B (PDNPA). 1996. Winhill Plantation to Hagglee, Hope Woodlands, Aston & Thornhill, Derbyshire, archaeological survey, 1996. p 22, Feature 80.
  • <4> Unpublished document: Jessop, O (JESSOP). 2012. An Historic Environment Desk-Based Assessment & Walkover Survey, Thornhill Trail.



Grid reference Centred SK 197 840 (507m by 2389m) (Centred on)

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Related Events/Activities (1)

  • EDR4015

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Record last edited

Aug 14 2017 4:43PM

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