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Monument record MDR9994 - Gregory Winding Hole and Dam, Cromford Canal, Lea Shaw

Type and Period (2)

  • (Georgian to Victorian - 1794 AD to 1900 AD)
  • (Georgian to Victorian - 1794 AD to 1900 AD)

Protected Status/Designation

  • World Heritage Site
  • World Heritage Site Buffer Zone

Full Description

When the canal's southern embankment was built, it acted as a dam to small local streams and created a pool. The builders did not need to bother putting in any banking on the north side. In the 1840s, two boatbuilding docks were in business here. (1) A turning space for boats formed by the widening of the canal. It is assumed to have been built with the canal in 1794. The canal retaining wall acts as a dam allowing a large pool to form behind, with 'natural' banks, although they may have had more defined banks originally. The shape of the pool is now difficult to determine as the area is overgrown. The 1811 plan shows two docks to the east as the canal widens into the pool, but there is no evidence of these visible from the towpath. (2)

Sources/Archives (2)

  • <1> Bibliographic reference: Potter, H. 2003. The Cromford Canal. pp 33-34, illust..
  • <2> Index: Mansel Architects. 2004. Cromford Canal Survey. Feature number: 63.



Grid reference Centred SK 3280 5549 (106m by 61m)
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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