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Leawood Pump House

High Peak Junction | Cromford Canal, Matlock DE4 5HN, England
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Still Works!

We went on a Sunday when the pump house was open and working. The staff are very knowledgeable and... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Amy B
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London, United Kingdom
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Remarkable survivor of Britain’s canal era

Whether you are interested in Britain’s industrial heritage or just enjoy watching the effortless... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Sunny5Jim
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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The Leawood Pump House was built in 1849 to supply water to the Cromford Canal, built some 50 years previously. It is a Grade II* listed building located a little along the canal towpath from High Peak Junction, it stands to a height of 45 feet (14 m) on the right bank of the River Derwent, at the end of the Derwent Aqueduct, and has a 95-foot (29 m) chimney stack with a cast-iron cap. The pumphouse worked continuously from 1849 until 1944 when the canal closed. It was restored in 1979 by the Cromford Canal Society and is run periodically.
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“beam engine” (4 reviews)
“steaming days” (3 reviews)
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High Peak Junction | Cromford Canal, Matlock DE4 5HN, England
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We went on a Sunday when the pump house was open and working. The staff are very knowledgeable and can answer most questions. It's very impressive how huge all of the equipment is. There's also a canal boat that you can go on which is...More

Thank Amy B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Whether you are interested in Britain’s industrial heritage or just enjoy watching the effortless splendour of steam-powered machinery in a magnificent setting, Leawood Pump House is well worth a visit. But because the pump house is only open to visitors one weekend a month (usually...More

Thank Sunny5Jim
Reviewed 1 July 2017

This is along the canal path and just appears like an unused building, nothing special. It going out of your way to see it I recommend you go on one of the steaming days, Only then could it really be of any interest.

Thank Angela C
Reviewed 13 June 2017

Walking with family to Leawood Pump House we were excited to see it was fired up and working as this happens only a few times in a year. It was fascinating to see the big, heavy pump in working order and you could climb the...More

Thank Aussie64555
Reviewed 8 June 2017

Lovely well restored and presented vertical beam engineer which pumps water from the river to the canal. The volunteers are friendly and happy to share their knowledge and the information on the walls is well presented. You can climb to the top floor to look...More

Thank Sam3314
Reviewed 5 June 2017

Very interesting piece of history at work.Volunteers able to answer questions and were all very friendly.

Thank George C
Reviewed 7 May 2017

This is a testament to Victorian engineering at its finest, over 150 years after it was installed it delivers tons of water to the canal with each stroke of the steam powered beam engine. Well worth a visit if in slightest bit interested in one...More

Thank davkt
Reviewed 30 April 2017 via mobile

Quite an amazing space when it's in steam. The volunteers are good with the explanations and to see it still pumping water from river to canal is just great.

Thank Charles_and_Susan
Reviewed 29 December 2016

Very interesting place to visit on a steam day . It is along the beautiful Cromford Canal which is worth walking along .

Thank Miroslaw10
Reviewed 17 November 2016

If you are walking the canal you must go and see the pump house if it is open ( it does not open or run very often). but if it is you will see a lovely pump house and a large beam pump which if...More

Thank bikemadwilli
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