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Monument record MDR9540 - Lengthsman's House (site of), 60m east of Forge Mill Reservoir, Peak Forest Tramway, Chapel-en-le-Frith

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Protected Status/Designation

  • None recorded

Full Description

The remains of a structure contemporary with the Peak Forest Tramway (shown on the 1st edition OS) situated just south of the tracks. Three tumbled walls survive, of roughly dressed gritstone blocks, held together with a lime mortar. The last remains of plaster on the interior walls can still be seen. The structure is approximately twelve metres long, four metres wide and 1.6m at its highest point. The function of the building is unclear, but was possibly a plate layer's cabin. (1) Ruins of two small rubble gritstone structures, with brick outshot, set against a quarried face in a rectangular enclosure to the south of the trackbed. The surviving remains suggest a dwelling to the west end, having the remnants of a chimney flue against the south wall, built into the bank, and an attached earth closet. A smaller structure to the east appears to have been a cart shed or store. It is probably a former lengthsman's house, built 1794 to 1796, but rebuilt 1803 as it was in the way of track widening. (8)

Sources/Archives (8)

  • <1> Archive: Jessop, O. 2003. Cromford & High Peak Railway and Peak Forest Tramway Survey. ARCUS 738b. Feature number: 16.
  • <2> Photograph: ARCUS. 2003. Cromford & High Peak Railway and Peak Forest Tramway Survey, Project 738b. Digital photograph. pp 31-32.
  • <3> Bibliographic reference: Lamb, B. 1968. 'The canal, Bugsworth complex and tramway: a discourse in maps', The Peak Forest Canal and Tramway.
  • <4> Unpublished document: Findlow, A (Inland Waterways Preservation Society). 2001. An Assessment of the Archaeological and Historical Significance of Bugsworth Basin.
  • <5> Map: OS. 2002. OS Explorer OL1 (2002).
  • <6> Map: Ordnance Survey (OS). 1882. OS County Series, 1st edition, scale 1:2500 (c. 25" to one mile). VIII.12.
  • <7> Map: Ordnance Survey (OS). 2003. OS Landline (2003) from EDINA Digimap. 1:2000.
  • <8> Unpublished document: Duckworth, S, Jessop, O and A Badcock (ARCUS). 2006. Conservation Management Plan, Peak Forest Tramway, Derbyshire. Feature No.16.



Grid reference Centred SK 04661 82030 (16m by 8m) (Approximate)

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Related Events/Activities (2)

  • EDR2263
  • EDR1790

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Record last edited

May 7 2020 4:45PM

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