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Monument record MDR9471 - Boundary wall, between Intake Crossing & Hopton Tunnel; Cromford & High Peak Railway

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  • None recorded

Full Description

Drystone boundary wall of irregular limestone blocks. The map suggests this is the field boundary wall starting at Intake Crossing, but it is only visible from the NGR track above. The wall continues over the top of the cutting for the Hopton Tunnel. After the cutting, it runs back down to follow the track as a boundary wall. At the embankment, (SMR 8365), it becomes a low (<2m high) retaining wall, interrupted by bridges SMR 8362 & 8366. After the embankment ends, the wall returns to track level as a boundary wall, approximately 1m high. It continues as a boundary wall from Hopton Top to Harborough Rocks where it becomes a retaining wall approximately 2.5 - 3m high, reveting parts of the embankment - SMR 30600. There are breaks in the wall for the sites of five level-crossings. Once again it becomes a 1m high retaining wall at embankment - SMR 30603.. The wall passes a siding (SMR 30606) and several stone quarries, whereupon there are breaks in the wall. Later additions to the wall block up the entrance to the siding SMR 30606. Leaving the siding, the wall continues as a boundary wall over a cutting (SMR 30608), then returns to track level. NGR: SK 26879 54830 - SK 22945 55496. (1-9) A section of the boundary wall was demolished in March 2006 in order to create access for a new public footpath and cycleway. Consequently a photographic record was made, consisting of a series of digital images of the wall, in order to provide context and any detail of phasing or rebuilding. The section that was demolished was of drystone construction, with mortared capping stones, all of limestone. It appeared to be original and therefore presumably dates to the construction of the railway. (10)

Sources/Archives (10)

  • <1> Archive: Jessop, O. 2003. Cromford & High Peak Railway and Peak Forest Tramway Survey. ARCUS 738b. Feature number: 127.
  • <2> Photograph: ARCUS. 2003. Cromford & High Peak Railway and Peak Forest Tramway Survey, Project 738b. Digital photograph. 187, 207.
  • <3> Map: Ordnance Survey (OS). 2003. OS Landline (2003) from EDINA Digimap. 1:2000.
  • <4> Map: Ordnance Survey (OS). 1882. OS County Series, 1st edition, scale 1:2500 (c. 25" to one mile). XXXIV. 13; XXXIII.12/16.
  • <5> Map: Ordnance Survey (OS). 2002. OS Explorer 0L24 (2002).
  • <6> Bibliographic reference: Rimmer, A. 1998. The Cromford and High Peak Railway. p. 2, 47, 80, 87.
  • <7> Bibliographic reference: Blakemore, M & Mosley, D. 2003. Railways of the Peak District. p. 50.
  • <8> Bibliographic reference: Jones, N & Bentley, M. 2000. 'Onwards to Cromford and High Peak Junction', Scenes from the Past, 37. 13, 15, 17-19.
  • <9> Bibliographic reference: Marshall, J. 1996. The Cromford & High Peak Railway. p. 42, 47, 70, 82.
  • <10> Unpublished document: Pallant, G & Brightman, J (ARS). 2006. Ryder Point Brassington, Matlock: Watching Briefand Photographic Recording. SMR Doc. No. 959.



Grid reference SK 26832 54827 (point) (Approximate)

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Related Events/Activities (2)

  • EDR1790
  • EDR2304

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Record last edited

Mar 14 2020 10:09PM

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