In print

Drowned man found at Staveley

It's amazing what our members come up with.

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1769 Map 3

Thank you very much to long-standing member Keith Gascoyne who showed us this superb map.This is the third map from 1769 that we have put on the website this year.

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1769 map

The Chesterfield Canal has been in print for a long time. We thought that you might be interested in this map of the route surveyed by John Varley, under instruction from James Brindley, in 1769.

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Hugh Henshall wk 4

Yet another short video showing a collection of images from week four of the Hugh Henshall build.

The distinctive features of a Mel Davis hull are starting to show themselves.


Keep checking back as this project continues to develop.

Another 1769 map

Isn't life amazing? No sooner does one 1769 map surface than another comes along as well.

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The Roundhouse Newsletter

The following article appeared in the Spring 2010 edition of The Roundhouse Newsletter, the magazine of the Barrow Hill Engine Shed Society.


The Chesterfield Canal

Our little corner of North Derbyshire is rich in industrial archaeology. Anyone with a pleasant summer stroll in mind would appreciate a walk along the surviving sections of the Chesterfield Canal and it is convenient that there is an original section still “in water”, close by to us at Staveley. Here, during the summer months, the Chesterfield Canal Trust operates a passenger narrow boat named “John Varley”, which plies between Tapton Lock and Staveley. (Ring 01246 551035 for bookings.) Those that don’t have the time or energy to walk the complete length, can take advantage of the narrow boat for the journey and relax in comfort. There is also an interesting visitors’ centre at Tapton Lock, which is operated by Derbyshire County Council and is open every weekend. Hollingwood Lock House is currently being restored and extended and will open early next year as a community hub. A new basin is being built at Staveley. Along this five mile section, the tow path is fully accessible and is popular with dog walkers, hikers, cyclists and the occasional horse rider. The canal is directly accessible from both Shireoaks and Kiveton Park railway stations. Nothing exemplifies the dawn of the Industrial Age like an impressive flight of canal locks. There is an excellent example of these at Thorpe, which is close by to the Eastern portal of the Norwood tunnel. The flight comprises of no less than fifteen locks with two triple and two double staircases. They were the first locks to be built on the canal and are some of the oldest staircase locks in the country. The remote hamlet of Turnerwood and the disused limestone quarry of the same name are close by and both make a worthwhile visit in themselves.

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