Visit to Leawood Pump House – Derbyshire

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.

Leawood Pump House


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.

About Morturn

Historian – Photographer – Filmmaker Retired construction professional with a passion for public, social and industrial history. I believe in equality, dignity and integrity for all. Don’t like people who try to belittle the ambitions of others. I am of the opinion that my now life belongs to the whole community and as long as I live, it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can. I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work the more I live.
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