Walk: Aqueduct Cottage, Lea Wood & The Nightingale Arm of Cromford Canal

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John Smedley Mill Shop - The World's Finest Knitwear

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Lea Bridge

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Guided Walk: Aqueduct Cottage, Lea Wood and the Nightingale Arm of the Cromford Canal 21st July 2019 2-3:30pm, £8

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As part of a specially selected programme of guided walks and visits, Derbyshire Historic Buildings Trust (DHBT) are offering a walk around Aqueduct Cottage, Lea Wood and the Nightingale arm of the Cromford Canal.

Aqueduct Cottage, although now in a ruinous state, is a Grade II listed building that has an interesting place in the story of the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage site, in particular the industrial development at Lea Bridge.

It was built in 1802 as a lengthman’s and lock-keepers cottage by the industrialist, and one time partner of Richard Arkwright, Peter Nightingale. It’s construction, along with the canal lock at the entrance of the Lea Wood arm, was agreed as a part of a settlement to resolve a dispute over the water supply to the developing industries at Lea Bridge and Lea Wharf - the lead smelting works, hat factory and the John Smedley hosiery mills.

Florence Nightingale was known to be friends with the occupants during the time she lived at Lea Hurst, in Holloway, and visited several times.

In 2012, the ancient and beautiful Lea Wood became one of Derbyshire Wildlife Trust’s (DWT) designated Nature Reserves. The question over what to do with the derelict cottage presented DWT with a unique challenge that needed special attention.

DWT has now submitted planning permission to restore the cottage as an education and visitor centre and as a gateway to the Lea Wood Nature Reserve.Join us for the walk and we can tell you more about this fascinating cottage and ancient woodland, with its many rare wildlife species.

The meeting point is at the entrance to Lea Wood from Mill Rd, adjacent to the John Smedley Factory. Cars can be parked on the road beside Smedleys Mill. It is essential that walking boots are worn. The walk is unsuitable for people with mobility issues.

Tickets cost £8 for the hour and a half guided walk.

The party will be limited to 20. Early booking is recommended.

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John Smedley Mill Shop - The World's Finest Knitwear

John Smedley Factory (next to)

Lea Bridge

DE4 5AG

United Kingdom

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