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“History in Action”
Review of Leawood Pump House

Leawood Pump House
Ranked #18 of 51 things to do in Matlock
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 6 May 2014

This is only open and pumping certain days of the year, so make sure you check this out. Fabulous piece of engineering and to see it working is a real eye opener on how ingenuous our ancestors were.

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Reviewed 17 January 2014

The development of industry and the consequent transport requirements in this area make a fascinating study. This pumping station was built to raise water from the river to enable transport via the canal for the local factories during the industrial revolution. Fire, water, steam and massive engineering make this a must-see for those interested in engineering.

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Reviewed 21 September 2013

A friend's Dad helped do this up and get it working in the 1970s. It pumps water up from the River Derwent to the Cromford Canal, several tons on each stroke. It is worked occasionally, and is quite impressive, if you like big dirty engines.

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Reviewed 17 December 2012

Quite an impressive place, pumping several tons of water up from the Derwent to the Cromford Canal with each stroke of the engine. Great engineering feat, done up in the 1970s, open occasionally.

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