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High Peak News January 22 1898

2016-02-15T22:12:03+00:00January 22nd, 2016|About|

Cromford Home Trade at Cromford An interesting little ceremonial was performed last Saturday which will have an important bearing upon a local industry in the future. This was the launching for Messrs N Wheatcroft and Sons of their first boat, [...]

The History of Cromford Canal

2017-05-09T08:38:55+00:00January 22nd, 2016|About|

By the end of the 1780s, the backbone of the English canal system was in place, linking the four main river basins and their sea ports: Severn, Mersey, Trent and Thames. From the Trent near Long Eaton, the Erewash Canal [...]

The Wheatcrofts

2017-05-09T08:38:55+00:00January 22nd, 2016|About|

Abraham Wheatcroft (1747-1812) lived in Crich Carr, where he may have had a farm, and was recorded as an inn keeper at Crich and a trustee of the Methodist Chapel– an interesting combination! Anticipating the commercial possibilities of the arrival [...]

About Birdswood

2017-05-09T08:38:55+00:00January 13th, 2016|About|

Strangely, the story of Birdswood starts with a bit of railway history.  With the coming of the railways in the 1840’s, many canals found it impossible to compete and some decided to cut their losses and sold out to the [...]