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Barge, Cromford Wharf, Cromford Canal, Cromford, 1980
Brighouse, W H
4 May 1980
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Terminus of the Cromford Canal, showing the former warehouses.
The Cromford Canal Company was formed in 1789 and commissioned by Parliament to cut a canal. They raised £46000 to complete to construction and it opened later on it that year. Disaster struck the Cromford Canal when the Butterley tunnel collapsed in 1900 isolating the northern section. The canal has since been severed in several places. However, water still remains from Cromford to Ambergate.
Today, Derbyshire County Council own the canal from Cromford to Ambergate. There are 5.5 miles of tow path to explore, offering easy walking, abundant wildlife and canal history.