As part of helping as many people as possible understand why Lea Wood and the wider Derwent Valley is so special, Derbyshire Wildlife Trust are working to repair and re-purpose Aqueduct Cottage.
We’ll make sure the work will remain true to the original façade and we’ll ensure people feel welcomed in so they can learn why the building and its location are so distinct and then go on to discover the magic and beauty of Lea Wood and its wild surroundings.
Aqueduct Cottage is a Grade II listed building situated on the Cromford Canal where it joins the Lea Wood arm and is part of the story of the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site.
It was built in 1802 as a lengthman and lock-keepers cottage by the industrialist, and one time partner of Richard Arkwright, Peter Nightingale. Its construction, along with the canal lock at the entrance of the Lea Wood arm, was agreed as a part of a settlement to resolve a dispute over the water supply to the developing industries at Lea Bridge and Lea Wharf. Florence Nightingale was known to be friends with the occupants during the time she lived at Lea Hurst, in Holloway, and visited several times. It was abandoned in 1970 and after a spell as a wayfarer’s shelter, has fallen into disrepair, with the collapse of the roof seemingly sealing its fate as a ruin.
We need to start building work for the cottage by Autumn 2019 and can only do this with your support.
Over the winter months we can continue to work on the landscaping and outside of the cottage. Finally, the interpretation and inside space will be completed .
Throughout 2020 there are national celebrations being held as part of Florence Nightingale’s bicentenary. We would love to hold a grand opening of the cottage to coincide with these celebrations but can only do this if the building work is completed during this summer.
Help us to have this wonderful cottage restored and buy a brick to support our work!