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Appeal to restore Cromford cottage

A crowdfunding appeal has been launched to help restore a familiar derelict cottage on the Cromford Canal.

The ruined 19th century Aqueduct Cottage, at Lea Wood Nature Reserve, must be one of the most photographed features of the beautiful canal, but for 50 years has been slowly crumbling. It was built in 1802 by the industrialist (and one-time partner of Richard Arkwright) Peter Nightingale. The cottage was finally abandoned in the 1970 and has been allowed to fall into ruin since.

The Derbyshire Wildlife Trust owns the cottage, and has now been granted planning permission to restore it 'with a light touch' as a visitor interpretation centre.

Spokesman Kate Lemon said: “We are working to repurpose the cottage as part of our efforts to help as many people as possible understand why Lea Wood and the wider Derwent Valley is so special.

“We’ll make sure the work will remain true to the original façade and we’ll ensure people feel welcomed in so they can learn why the building and its location are so distinct and then go on to discover the magic and beauty of Lea Wood and its wild surroundings.”

A ‘buy a brick’ campaign is aiming to raise £10,000. For more information, go to www.crowdfunder.co.uk/aqueduct-cottage.

Pictures show the slow decline from when the canal was still open in the early 20th Century through to 1977 and then quite recently.

Aqueduct Cottage, Cromford old picture

Aqueduct Cottage Cromford 1977 
Aqueduct Cottage more recently 

Thursday 23 May  | Andrew Denny  | 2.51pm, Thursday 23 May 2019

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