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View across Wye Valley to Buxton Central Lime Works, Blackwell, c 1930s ?
From collection of F H Brindley
Brindley, F H
c 1930s ?
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Looking north-west from above the Wye Valley with the River Wye itself just out of shot in the foreground. To the right is Chee Dale and to the left Wye Dale.
The railway line running from right to left is the ex-Midland Railway Derby-Manchester main line (closed in 1968), while that on the left forms a connection from Peak Forest Junction to Buxton Junction on the Millers Dale-Buxton branch (still in use for freight traffic only in 2016). The third leg of what was a triangular junction - linking Miller's Dale Junction to Buxton Junction - is out of sight in the foreground.
Nestling in the lee of the embankment are Blackwell Mill cottages, built by the MR to house its workers. The wooden hut immediately to the right is a mission room, while the occupants even had their own station, the tiny Blackwell Mill Halt, adjoining Buxton Junction. This allowed for shopping trips into Buxton town or links to the outside world via the junction station at Miller's Dale.
The large quarry and kilns in the background is Buxton Central Limeworks, the plant being fed from the quarry by a network of narrow gauge tramways. Down below a goods train hauled by either an LMS Class 3F or 4F 0-6-0 locomotive waits to proceed northwards.