Leawood Pumphouse was built in 1849 to pump water from the River Derwent into Cromford Canal.
It is now well over 150 years old but remains in pristine working condition thanks to the dedication of the Middleton Top and Leawood Pumphouse Volunteer Group. Experience the power of this great steam engine as it pumps four tons of water into the canal with each piston stroke.
Leawood Pumphouse has regular steaming dates throughout the year from Easter until October.
|Easter:||March||Sunday 27th & Monday 28th|
|May Bank Holiday:||May||Sunday 1st & Monday 2nd|
|June (1st Weekend):||June||Saturday 4th & Sunday 5th|
|July (1st Sunday):||July||Sunday 3rd|
|August (1st Weekend):||August||Saturday 6th & Sunday 7th|
|August Bank Holiday:||August||Sunday 28th & Monday 29th|
|September:||September||Saturday 17th & Sunday 18th|
|October (1st Weekend):||October||Saturday 1st & Sunday 2nd|
|World Heritage Site Discovery Days:||October||Saturday 29th & Sunday 30th|
Engine in motion 12noon – 5pm (except Discovery Days 11am – 4pm)
Middleton Top – In Brief
Middleton Top is the last surviving complete winding engine house built by the Cromford & High Peak Railway Co and still contains its original pair of beam engines, built by the Butterley Company in 1829, together with its boilers and imposing chimney.
The winding engine at Middleton Top was the third one from the beginning of the line at High Peak Wharf on the Cromford Canal. The first two inclines achieved rises of 204 feet and 261 feet and Middleton lifted the line a further 253 feet to nearly 1,000 feet above sea level – and all in the distance of three and a half miles. Two more shallower inclines took the railway to its summit of 1,266 feet (990 feet above Cromford canal) before commencing its descent towards Whaley Bridge. Middleton incline was just over 700 yards long at an angle of 1 in 8¼, similar to the first two.