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Monument record MDR9300 - Capstan base & rope guides, Whaley Bridge; Cromford & High Peak Railway

Type and Period (1)

  • (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Protected Status/Designation

  • None recorded

Full Description

Capstan and rope guides. Possible base of a horse-operated capstan, which operated winding cables for the Whaley Bridge Incline. Small square structure, constructed of regular, dressed gritstone blocks; approximately 1m square. Small regular blocks form 3 of the sides, the 4th side is made up of sloping gritstone blocks, which slope down toward the incline. Larger blocks are situated at the top of the slope, with a hollow in the centre and two metal fittings on either side. Two rope guides, also 1m square, with a base of small regular gritstone blocks, and a large dressed block, tooled in the centre. There is a sloping indent cut into the block on the incline side to guide the ropes, there are two grooves on the top. 'J4847B' is inscribed on top of the rope guide block. NGR: SK 01278 81235 (base), SK 01272 81278 (rope guides)

Sources/Archives (8)

  • <1> Archive: Jessop, O. 2003. Cromford & High Peak Railway and Peak Forest Tramway Survey. ARCUS 738b. Feature number: 379.
  • <2> Photograph: ARCUS. 2003. Cromford & High Peak Railway and Peak Forest Tramway Survey, Project 738b. Digital photograph. 507-508.
  • <3> Bibliographic reference: Rimmer, A. 1998. The Cromford and High Peak Railway. p. 65.
  • <4> Bibliographic reference: Jones, N & Bentley, M. 2000. Scenes from the Past: 37 (Part One) Railways of the High Peak. 'Whaley Bridge to Friden'. p. 10.
  • <5> Bibliographic reference: Marshall, J. 1996. The Cromford & High Peak Railway. p. 42.
  • <6> Bibliographic reference: Nixon, F. 1969. The Industrial Archaeology of Derbyshire. p. 156.
  • <7> Article in serial: Baxter, B. 1949. 'Early railways in Derbyshire', Engineering. Vol. 167, pp 573-576. p. 575.
  • <8> Article in serial: Marshall, J. 1981. 'High Peak Sesquicentenary, part one,' Railway Magazine. July edition, pp 322-325. p. 425-426.



Grid reference SK 01274 81235 (point) (Approximate)

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Related Events/Activities (1)

  • EDR1790

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Record last edited

Mar 2 2015 2:00PM

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