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Monument record MDR9617 - Two railway bridges (site of), Hammersmith, Ripley

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Full Description

About 200 yards north-west of Hammersmith stand the remains of two ashlar millstone grit railway bridges dating to approximately 1890. The lower bridge carried a branch of the Butterley Company's private line (now dismantled) from the Butterley Works to Hartshay Colliery (abandoned), over a footpath that was once the Cromford Canal towpath. The bridge was set at a skew to the railway above and was approximately 20 yards long with a brick arch resting on stone piers. Above this the Midland Railway branch line from Ripley to Pentrich Junction, opened in c. 1890, was carried, also at a skew, over the Butterley Co. line, on another bridge of similar design to the first (1, 2). Gritstone railway bridge taking the former Midland Rail Ripley-Pentrich Junction extension of 1890 over a farmtrack with residual section of the embankment. The line was closed in the 1930s. (3)

Sources/Archives (3)

  • <1> Index: Council for British Archaeology (CBA). CBA Industrial Archaeology Report Card. Railway Bridge, Hammersmith.
  • <2> Article in serial: Fowkes, D & Riden, P. 1972. 'The Ripley-Swanwick-Alfreton Bypass (A61)', Derbyshire Miscellany. Vol. 6 (4), pp 125-129.
  • <3> Bibliographic reference: Fowkes, D (ed.). 2011. Derbyshire Industrial Archaeology: A Gazetteer of Sites, Part III, Borough of Amber Valley (second edition). pp. 27.



Grid reference Centred SK 39380 51621 (70m by 60m)

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Record last edited

Jul 9 2015 1:03PM

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