Sunday 1 November 2015 @12:00 noon
The Lichfield waterworks Trust will be visiting Leawood Pump house, one of the few working none rotive beam engines still running off live steam. The engine and the buildings are owned by Derbyshire County Council with accesses managed by a group of volunteers.
It is an ideal model that could be adapted to the ongoing management of Sandfields Pumping Station. The guys at Leawood Pump House do absolutely sterling work, and show how preserving and making our industrial heritage accessible can be done in a very simple and cost effective way.
The pump house is located adjacent to the Cromford canal where it crosses over the River Derwent. (SK 315 557) Access is via the canal towpath.
Car parking is available at:
Cromford Wharf – a pleasant 1½ mile walk along the towpath.
High Peak Junction car park – a ¼ mile walk.
Parking charges now apply on the car parks.
Cromford is on the A6 between Matlock and Derby. From the A6, turn at Cromford crossroads onto Mill Lane. Proceed past Arkwright’s mill, the entrance to Cromford Wharf car park is immediately on the right. For High Peak Junction car park, continue past the railway station. The road follows the river down the valley, before turning left into Lea Bridge. The car park is signposted on the corner.