A rectangular pond and pound lie to the rear of a dam wall at Peak Forest [SMR 11621]. The pound wall is sited on earlier stone footings - possibly a mill. (1). A mill is noted on a map of 1807 at the location of the current house, downstream of the sheepwash. (2). A building called 'Mill Cottage' is recorded on the 1880 Ordnance Survey map, nine metres south of the sheepwash and holding. (3).
Sheepwash and holding pen immediately west of the dam [SMR 11621] on the south side of Peak Forest. The outflow from the reservoir was used to water a large rectangular pond with sloped access/exit from the east to the deepest part to the west, beyond which the holding pen is located. The east wall has a sheep-size gap through which the sheep were forced into the sheep wash. The site was restored by conservation volunteers in 1987 - the holding pen walls were rebuilt, silt was removed from the pond and the surrounding stonework was made good. Potatoes were subsequently grown in the holding pen. (4)
Map: 1807. Map of the Liberty of Peak Forest.
Map: Ordnance Survey (OS). 1882. OS County Series, 1st edition, scale 1:2500 (c. 25" to one mile).
Personal Observation: Smith, K (PPJPB). K Smith (Peak Park Joint Planning Board) personal communication. 1999.
Photograph: Peak District National Park Authority (PDNPA). Black and white photograph collection. 405.19-24.
Photograph: Peak District National Park Authority (PDNPA). Slide Collection. 11647.1-6.
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Centred SK 1157 7876 (31m by 17m) (Approximate)
PEAK FOREST, HIGH PEAK, DERBYSHIRE
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