NEW EXHIBITION AT THE OLD BLACKSMITHS, WIRKSWORTH 2nd March 10am - 4pm
Although derelict, Aqueduct Cottage is one of the best loved, most photographed, historic buildings along the Cromford Canal. Built by Peter Nightingale (Florence Nightingale’s great uncle) in 1802, its unique appeal is based upon its historical connections with the Nightingales and the industrial development of the Lower Derwent Valley (as recognised by UNESCO Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site) , its idyllic setting on the edge of the ancient Lea Wood along the Cromford Canal, and the fascinating “people stories “ of how its occupants lived with no connected services and relied upon the natural landscape until its last tenant left circa 1970.
Thanks to strong public support and the creation of a unique collaboration between Derbyshire Wildlife Trust and the Derbyshire Historic Buildings Trust, plans have now been developed to save the building and give it a new purpose.
On display will be a collection of the best photos from various archives of the cottage's distant and recent past, a number of which are being shown for the first time. They provide a captivating portrayal of the cottage's history since the late 1800's plus tantilising insights into the lives of the families who lived there.
Also on public display for the first time will be the plans for its restoration and future use.
This is a unique opportunity to see this amazing display. Entry is free.