1846 Goyt Valley plans

1846 Goyt Valley plans

Above: Fernilee Gunpowder Mill expanded significantly between 1846 and the late 1890s. The trees along the C&HPR track to the right also show that it had been abandoned. The detailed 1846 plans of the valley discovered by Alan Roberts for his research into the...
Railway mania part II

Railway mania part II

Above: The proposal to improve and extend the C&HPR was submitted in 1854, just 23 years after the line had been opened. Above: Bottom right is the exit of Burbage Tunnel and top left is the canal basin in Whaley Bridge. The yellow line is the original C&HPR...
Railway mania part I

Railway mania part I

Above: The proposed 1846 route of the MBMMJ railway would have cut right through the centre of Goyt’s Bridge. Above: Two of Alan’s books on local history; The Turnpike Roads Around Buxton and The Coal Mines of Buxton (co-authored with John Leach). My thanks to...
Exiting Burbage Tunnel

Exiting Burbage Tunnel

Above: The illustration was originally commissioned for the cover of a book on the Cromford & High Peak Railway. Above: Click to view the complete ‘colourised’ image. The internet can be blamed for a host of social ills, but it does have its uses. I...
Sandy Lane gateposts

Sandy Lane gateposts

Above: A look at old maps reveal that these sturdy gateposts once formed an entrance onto the track of the C&HPR. Continuing the quest to identify old stone gateposts in the valley, I came across two fine examples yesterday evening, just as the sun was setting....
Over the hills

Over the hills

Above: Ladmanlow goods yard pictured in 1932, looking north from the A53 Leek Road. This is likely to have been the ‘Park Gates’ the writer describes.  Passengers were not allowed following a fatal accident in 1877. The yard finally closed in 1954....
Ladmanlow station

Ladmanlow station

Above: Whatever remains of Ladmanlow Station now lies behind these gates. I’ll maybe knock on their door once the virus has passed to ask if they’ll let me take a closer look. I’ve long been fascinated by the history of the 33-mile Cromford...
Goyt ice skating

Goyt ice skating

Above: The view today and in the 1960s. There’s a small car park beside the pond which is an ideal starting point for a short walk along the old railway line. It ends after about a mile at a blocked up tunnel. Walk 12 follows the entire line – as much...
C&HPR photo: where is it?

C&HPR photo: where is it?

Above: Photos of the northern section of the C&HPR which ran through the Goyt Valley are very rare. It was closed in 1892 when an easier route was opened. I’ve inset a close-up of the feature at top right. We initially thought it might be the entrance to...
Fatal accident on the C&HPR

Fatal accident on the C&HPR

Above: Although William Chappell seems to have taken much of the blame for the fatal accident, he went on to work from Buxton Station and is pictured above on the footplate of a coal engine some years after the collision. Above: The Sheffield Daily Telegraph’s...