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Building record MDR9346 - Wharf Shed, Cromford Transhipment Wharf, Cromford & High Peak Railway

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The warehouse which stands between the canal and the railway was built c. 1850 to replace an earlier canal building. It is now used as a residential study centre. It is built of coursed stone and has a covered canopy under which railway goods would have been loaded to protect them from the weather. It also has a load gauge for the railway. Adjacent to the warehouse is a larger open shed supported by cast iron columns. Adjacent on the north side are the remains of the base of a crane. (1) Wagons entered through the end doors of the warehouse to load or unload and could pass right through to the canopy beyond, which extends over the canal to keep cargo dry when transhipping. A common cargo in the early years of the railway was flour, brought by boat from Nottingham, travelling onward by train towards Manchester. A sign over the door prohibits engines from entering the shed, due to the fire risk in the timber beams and floors. Today, known as the Wharf Shed, it is run by Derbyshire County Council as a bunk house for visiting groups. (2) A two-storeyed, large rectangular gritstone building, approximately 10m x 20m. Constructed from courses of cut ashlar blocks with heavy tooling marks. There are large doorways at either end (north & south) and a large loading canopy to the south side. There is a loading gauge and beam which extends across the track, toward the west. There is also a smaller canopied area on the west side. (3)

Sources/Archives (10)

  • <1> Unpublished document: Derwent Valley Mills (DVM) Nomination Steering Panel. 2000. Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage List Nomination Document. p 56, illust..
  • <2> Bibliographic reference: Potter, H. 2003. The Cromford Canal. p 20-21, illust..
  • <3> Archive: Jessop, O. 2003. Cromford & High Peak Railway and Peak Forest Tramway Survey. ARCUS 738b. Feature number: 7.
  • <4> Photograph: ARCUS. 2003. Cromford & High Peak Railway and Peak Forest Tramway Survey, Project 738b. Digital photograph. 6.
  • <5> Map: Ordnance Survey (OS). 2003. OS Landline (2003) from EDINA Digimap. 1:2000.
  • <6> Map: Ordnance Survey (OS). 1882. OS County Series, 1st edition, scale 1:2500 (c. 25" to one mile). XXXIV.11.
  • <7> Map: Ordnance Survey (OS). 2002. OS Explorer 0L24 (2002).
  • <8> Bibliographic reference: Jones, N & Bentley, M. 2000. 'Onwards to Cromford and High Peak Junction', Scenes from the Past, 37. p. 85, 92, 94.
  • <9> Bibliographic reference: Coleford, I C. 1996. The Cromford and High Peak Railway. p. 8, 10.
  • <10> Bibliographic reference: Rimmer, A. 1998. The Cromford and High Peak Railway. p. 15, 22.



Grid reference Centred SK 3144 5575 (25m by 37m) (Approximate)
World Heritage Site Derwent Valley Mills

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Nov 12 2015 3:17PM

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