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Pinxton Wharf, Pinxton, 2007
Hilcote History Group
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Coal was mined on a small scale in Pinxton since Tudor times. With the arrival of a branch of the Cromford Canal in the 1790s a localised industrial revolution began. Within a decade or so of the canal's arrival several deep coal pits, four lime kilns and a china works were in operation near to the Wharf. The wharf was the terminus for the canal, which was built to link the collieries to the river Trent.
This basin was at the centre of the local tramway system, where local and other materials were loaded onto barges.
See also image DCHQ006461.