Heritage waterway to be honoured with blue plaque

12 March 2013

We are unveiling a blue plaque today in recognition of Cromford Canal which played a pivotal role in the transformation of the Derwent Valley.

The plaque to commemorate the waterway which provided an important link between rural Derbyshire and the industrialised Midlands will be unveiled today by our leader and cabinet member for culture, Councillor Andrew Lewer at High Peak Junction of Cromford Canal.

Nominated by Patrick Morriss who is chairman of the Friends of Cromford Canal,  this is the fifth blue plaque to be unveiled this year and is the first place to have been voted by the people of Derbyshire to receive the honour.

Councillor Lewer said he was pleased that the people of Derbyshire had voted for Cromford Canal as it played an important role in the success of the industrial revolution.

He said:

"Cromford Canal was constructed during the golden age of canal building and brought prosperity to rural communities that had previously struggled to transport their goods long distances.

"The canal originally ran for 14 miles and in its heyday, was a highly-profitable mode of transport, carrying coal, limestone and iron to the Erewash Canal, then beyond as far south of London.

"Today, the canal is a haven for wildlife and the towpaths are always popular for ramblers.  Work to dredge a 1.3 mile section of the canal from Cromford Wharf to Leawood Pumphouse started last month and the council-funded project is due to complete in June, when it is hoped that historic narrow boats will once again take to the water here at Cromford Canal."

Nominator Patrick Morriss, chairman of the Friends of Cromford Canal, said he was pleased that the Canal had received the public's support.

He said:

"No-one disputes the fact that Cromford Canal played a vitally important role in the industrial history of the county, but it is heartening to see how much public support the canal actually has."


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