Leawoods Pump House, Cromford Canal, Cromford, Derbyshire
All is calm on Cromford Canal as Spring slowly returns. A tranquil location, but once a busy transport waterway. The tall chimney is a landmark for miles arround. It is part of a steam powered water pump, constructed in 1849, used to lift water from the River Derwent, which flows some 60ft beneath the canal, up and into the canal. I am told that when it was in full steam it would lift 39,000 tons of water every 24 hours to keep the canal ‘topped up’
Once Covid restrictions are removed visitors will, once again, be able to see the mighty pump engine in action on special “In Steam” weekends.
If you are not a steam enthusiast, then a quiet walk along the Canal Towpath is a satisfying alternative at any season of the year.
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