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Entrance to the Longshaw Estate off the Owler Bar road, Longshaw, c 1930s ?
From collection of F H Brindley
Brindley, F H (Sheffield and District News Pictures, 973 Abbeydale Road)
c 1930s ?
About this image
The photographer's original caption for this view reads: 'A Wet day in Derbyshire. The beauty that is in the Peak District, Longshaw Estate Gate (National Trust).' The view is looking north-west from the junction of what is today (2009) the junction of the B6054 from Owler Bar with the A625 from Calver to Sheffield. Higger Tor and Carl Wark are just discernible on the skyline.
The 11,533 acre Longshaw Estate formerly belonged to the Duke of Rutland. On 5 July 1927 it was put up for sale by auction, being sub-divided into many different lots. Lot 1 contained Longshaw Lodge and its grounds plus an area of land known as Lawrence Field that was described as 'well heathered picturesque moorland'. This 747 acre plot is what today is referred to as the Longshaw Estate.
Sheffield Corporation purchased 3,000 acres of moorland at this auction, primarily for the collection of water but in 1931 they handed over this portion of the Estate to the National Trust for the sum of £14,000.
Today at Longshaw there is a tea room, shop and a learning facility called the Moorland Discovery Centre, which is a joint venture between the National Trust and the Peak National Park. Events are run on the Estate relating to wildlife, the Estate itself and many other topics. The name Longshaw is thought to have derived from the long wood in nearby Padley Gorge.