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Repairing main road on Mam Tor, Castleton, c 1940s ?
From collection of F H Brindley
Brindley, F H (Sheffield News Pictures, 973 Abbeydale Road, Millhouses)
c 1940s ?
About this image
The photographer's original caption for this view reads: 'Nature decides Debated Question of new road down the famous Winnats Pass, Castleton, Derbyshire. Half of Mam Tor road has just slipped 200ft down into Valley so local Council has just made a new Tar Mac Road down the Winnats despite Ramblers Protest.'
Mam Tor is a 517m (1,696ft) hill. Landslips, caused by unstable lower layers of shale, have been a characteristic feature over many years and have prompted its alternative name of the Shivering Mountain. Although this view shows subsidence problems in the 1940s, it was not until 1979 that the on-going battle to maintain the A625 road (Sheffield to Chapel en le Frith) on the crumbling eastern side of the hill was lost and the road officially closed as a through-route. All traffic now uses the nearby steep and narrow Winnats Pass, the highway between Chapel en le Frith and Castleton having been demoted from an 'A' road to an unclassified one.
This view shows a tracked excavator in operation with temporary traffic lights restricting traffic to single line only.