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Monument record MDR9338 - Original route of the Cromford & High Peak Railway, Hill Head Quarry

Type and Period (2)

  • (Georgian to Hanoverian - 1826 AD to 1831 AD)
  • (Georgian to Hanoverian - 1826 AD to 1831 AD)

Protected Status/Designation

  • None recorded

Full Description

The Cromford & High Peak Railway deviation in the vicinity of Hillhead Quarry (SK 09620 68440 - SK 06670 70650). This represents the original, pre-1892, route of the Cromford & High Peak Railway, which meanders through the area hugging the line of the contour. In the east, where the line first deviates from the alignment of the later Cromford & High Peak Railway line, there is a turning triangle. The rest of the line is made up from a series of boundary wall, embankments, a cutting and a section of in situ, though not original, sleepers. The best preserved sections of the deviation occur at the western and eastern extremities, where it lies within grazed farmland. Much of the track inbetween lies within areas of quarrying, where little survives. Tarmac purchased the railway in the 1980's. Prior to this the area had been quarried up to the boundary, therefore the quarry face follows the line of the railway. There is great potential for finding the entire line of the railway preserved in the first section of the quarry, after this the line has been either destroyed or buried under massive waste tips. (1-8)

Sources/Archives (8)

  • <1> Archive: Jessop, O. 2003. Cromford & High Peak Railway and Peak Forest Tramway Survey. ARCUS 738b. Feature number: 397 & 417.
  • <2> Photograph: ARCUS. 2003. Cromford & High Peak Railway and Peak Forest Tramway Survey, Project 738b. Digital photograph. 537-546, 549-567, 569-570.
  • <3> Bibliographic reference: Jones, N & Bentley, M. 2000. Scenes from the Past: 37 (Part One) Railways of the High Peak. 'Whaley Bridge to Friden'. p. 47-48, 50-55.
  • <4> Map: Ordnance Survey (OS). 2003. OS Landline (2003) from EDINA Digimap. 1:2000. C&HPR:112-118, 123-125.
  • <5> Map: Ordnance Survey (OS). 1882. OS County Series, 1st edition, scale 1:2500 (c. 25" to one mile). XXII.5/9/10.
  • <6> Map: Ordnance Survey (OS). 2002. OS Explorer 0L24 (2002).
  • <7> Bibliographic reference: Marshall, J. 1996. The Cromford & High Peak Railway. pp 64, 72.
  • <8> Bibliographic reference: Coleford, I C. 1996. The Cromford and High Peak Railway. p 11.



Grid reference Centred SK 07317 69517 (3044m by 2267m) (Approximate)

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  • EDR1790

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Record last edited

Nov 3 2020 10:33AM

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