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Erie Canal Locks #67-71

Andy Savage

Leawood Pumping Station and Cromford Canal

Cromford, Derbyshire, England, UK

September 22nd 2006 12:40BST

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© 2006 Andy Savage, All Rights Reserved.

Caption

In this 360 degree photograph I have tried to encompass Transportation in several ways. The main one you can see is the Cromford Canal which was used by Narrow boats to tansport goods. Also we can see Leawood Pump which was used to transport water from the river Derwent into the Cromford Canal. You can also see the canal being transported across the Wigwell Aqueduct.

For more details on what can be seen please read below and follow the web links I have provided.

Cromford Canal
The Cromford Canal opened in 1794 and,it ran 14.5 miles (23 km) from Cromford to the Erewash Canal in Derbyshire, England. It is carried over the river Derwent by the Wigwell Aqueduct. Today the Cromford Canal is under restoration and will be once again open as a canal for everyone to enjoy. See Links below for details.

Leawood Pumping Station
The Leawood Pumphouse was built in 1849 and is a Grade II Listed building. In 1845, following a very dry year the canal suffered a severe shortage of water, the situation was so serious that a pump was hired and installed to take water from the River Derwent. In late 1849 the Leawood Pumphouse became operational and pumped water from the River Derwent to the Cromford Canal for the first time since its conception in 1844.

The objective of the pumping engine was to maintain a level of water sufficient to keep the canal traffic flowing. The Cromford Canal has a flight of fourteen locks connecting it to the Erewash Canal at Langley Mill Basin. Each time a boat enters or leaves the Cromford Canal it takes a lock full of water into the Erewash Canal which needs to be replaced. The engine transfers just under 4 tons of water (approx 800 gallons) on each stroke!

Today this can be seen working on certain days of the year. It contains a Boulton and Watt single action Steam powered beam engine, if you are in the area then please do go and see it in operation and make a donation to the people who maintain this engine.

River Derwent
The river Dewent can just about be seen through the gaps in the trees to the left of the Wigwell Aqueduct. This is used as the source of water for the Cromford canal when required.

Web links and more info
To view the fullscreen 360 degree photograph using my plugin free viewer (no Quicktime required) and also to watch some video footage of Leawood Pumping Station during a steaming day please visit my WWP906 page here :
Additional info on Leawood Pump including Video footage

Some other websites you may find useful:
Photos of Leawood Pump on a Steaming Day

Want to know when Leawood pump is next in steam:
Website for The Middleton Top Engine and Leawood Pump Group

Learn more about the restoration of the Cromford Canal:
Website for The Friends of the Cromford Canal

Learn more about the Derbyshire village of Cromford:
Website for Cromford village.

In December 2001, the Derwent Valley Mills in Derbyshire became inscribed as a World Heritage Site, learn about this here :
Derwent Valley Mills, World Heritage Site

For an Aerial Photograph of this location click the link below, You can see the round chimney of the pumping station in the centre of the map and the Aquaduct of the Cromford Canal.
Aerial Photograph

Location

Europe / UK-England

Lat: 53° 5' 54" N
Long: 1° 31' 50" W

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Precision is: High. Pinpoints the exact spot.

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Equipment

Olympus 5050 mounted on a Home made nodal point adaptor on a standard tripod. 360 view made from 26 photographs taken in portrait mode. Each image 1920 x 2560 pixels. Images stitched together using Panorama Factory which created a very large image of 16263 x 2477 pixels. Resized in Photoshop, QTVR created using Pano2QTVR.
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