Monument record MDR9868 - Lea Wood Quarry, Lea Wood

Type and Period (1)

Protected Status/Designation

  • World Heritage Site
  • World Heritage Site Buffer Zone

Full Description

About 50m from the junction with the Cromford Canal on the Lea Wood Branch are the remains of a small quarry served by the canal. It is at the point where the canal line now crosses the Matlock to Derby railway. Prior to the building of the Manchester, Buxton, Matlock & Midland Junction Railway in 1849, there was a quarry on this site. The building of the railway not only exploited this already exposed quarry face to form the tunnel entrance, but also used the stone to build the subsequent aqueduct to carry the canal across the railway. The quarry now forms part of the cliff face over the stone railway portal. (1) Leawood (White Tor) Quarry was listed as a Sandstone Quarry by Farey in 1811. (2)

Sources/Archives (2)

  • <1> Index: Mansel Architects. 2004. Cromford Canal Survey. Survey ref: 52.
  • <2> Unpublished document: Thomas, I (National Stone Centre). 2012. The Lower Derwent Valley: The Exploitation and Use of Historic Building Materials. p 37.



Grid reference Centred SK 3168 5569 (31m by 37m) (Approximate)
World Heritage Site Derwent Valley Mills

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Related Events/Activities (1)

  • EDR1807

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Record last edited

Dec 21 2018 9:27AM

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