Rowsley

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Rowsley
Peacock Rowsley Geograph-3434237-by-Graham-Horn.jpg
The Peacock Hotel
Rowsley is located in Derbyshire
Rowsley
Rowsley
 Rowsley shown within Derbyshire
OS grid reference SK258659
District Derbyshire Dales
Shire county Derbyshire
Region East Midlands
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town MATLOCK
Postcode district DE4
Police Derbyshire
Fire Derbyshire
Ambulance East Midlands
EU Parliament East Midlands
List of places
UK
England
Derbyshire

Coordinates: 53°11′24″N 1°36′50″W / 53.190°N 1.614°W / 53.190; -1.614

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Monsal Trail[1][2]
Topley Pike junction
Chee Tor #1 tunnel
Millers Dale
Millers Dale viaducts
Litton Tunnel (516 yards)
Cressbrook Tunnel (471 yards)
Monsal Dale
Headstone Viaduct
Headstone Tunnel (533 yards)
Great Longstone
Hassop
Bakewell
Coombs Road viaduct (end of trail)
Haddon Tunnel (1,058 yards) (closed)
Rowsley (proposed extension)
Rowsley South (proposed extension)
Darley Dale (proposed extension)
Peak Rail line

Rowsley is a village on the A6 road in the English county of Derbyshire.

It is at the point where the River Wye flows into the River Derwent and prospered from mills on both.

Overview[edit]

Former Rowsley railway station

Notable features are the bridge over the River Derwent and the Grade-II*-listed[3] Peacock hotel, originally built in 1652 as a manor house by John Stevenson, agent to Lady Manners, whose family crest bearing a peacock gives it its name. Both Longfellow and Landseer are said to have stayed there. Nearby is Chatsworth House, home of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire.

It was the site of an extensive motive power depot and marshalling yard, the first being built by the Manchester, Buxton, Matlock and Midlands Junction Railway with a railway station designed by Joseph Paxton in 1849. This was replaced by a new station when the line was extended northwards in 1862. It was frequently used by King Edward VII when he visited Chatsworth House. The original station became a goods depot until 1968, when it was used as a contractor's yard. It then became the centrepiece of a shopping development.

Railway stations[edit]

Rowsley South[edit]

Rowsley South is the current northern terminus of the preserved heritage railway Peak Rail, and is located about a quarter-mile south of the village itself. Running for a length of four miles between Rowsley and Matlock, it is projected that the heritage railway will run into Rowsley proper in the near future. In the long term, the A6 presents the greatest challenge to the organisation, as a new bridge is required to be built over it in order to reach the viaduct which crosses the River Derwent and thence the trackbed that runs through the Duke of Rutland's estate to Bakewell.

Rowsley North[edit]

Preceding station Heritage Railways  Heritage railways Following station
Rowsley South   Peak Rail
Future Extension
  Bakewell

Notable residents[edit]

References[edit]

Further reading[edit]

  • The Peacock at Rowsley. (1869). A gossiping book about fishing and country life with a descriptive of a well-known resort of anglers at the junction of the Wye and River Derwent, by John Joseph Briggs, London: Bemrose and Sons

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