To the gunpowder mill

To the gunpowder mill

Above: The twin stone gateposts and a screengrab from the ViewRanger app showing where they stand. It’s quite probably a sad reflection on me, but I find old stone gateposts intriguing. Especially when they stand alone in the landscape, with no connecting fences...
The mushroom cloud

The mushroom cloud

Above: The gunpowder mill once employed around 100 men. Today the ruins lie beneath the northern end of Fernilee Reservoir. Joyce published the 56-page, A5 booklet in 1996. For a signed copy, send a cheque for £8 made out to J Winfield, 13 Jodrell Meadow, Whaley...
Visiting the powder mills (1874)

Visiting the powder mills (1874)

Above: Powder mill firefighters with their small water pump. Explosions were relatively common at the mill. It could be a very dangerous place to work. Particularly when fighting fire in a gunpowder mill! Above: This 1910 map shows the size of the powder mill (click...
Fernilee Powder Mill

Fernilee Powder Mill

Above: I’d guess this photo of workers at the powder mill must have been taken in the early 1900s. It looks like they’re posing with a small water pump for dealing with fires and explosions. But it would take a brave man to tackle a fire in a gunpowder...