Photo Archive - Butterley to Ironville
This photo gallery shows a number of the images within the FCC archives picturing the canal between Butterley Tunnel and Ironville. More images can be seen on the next page. Please note that the galleries are due to be updated in the near future to use a better viewing system.
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Golden Valley Bridge (Bridge 34) has been buried in connection with road works which have rasied the road level considerably. Mick Golds took this picture of the bridge from the Butterley Tunnel side just before it was buried
The walk from Golden Valley to Ironville was a very pleasant one, until the reservoir level was lowered by two metres and the canal filled in. This 1960's view by Ian Moss shows the village of Ironville before the council unsympathetically (ie cheaply) modernised and "restored" the houses
This area looked dramatically different to what it does now when the reservoir and canal were at the same level and the Pinxton Branch was in water
The area around the Top Lock, seen from the hill above Ironville. The Canal is just behind the factory with the two chimneys, and the bridge over the end of the Pinxton Branch is partially visible
This 1979 photo shows the restored section of canal by the Stone Row at Golden Valley, taken when the cottages had just been restored. Thirty-odd years on, the cultivation of the gardens and trees has totally obscured this view. Also, the bridge this was taken from, though still standing, has now been condemned as unsafe and closed
This picture shows the original (wooden) Bridge 35 at Golden Valley which was replaced in the early 1940's by the present structure, which carried the water supply into the hamlet. This was still connected late as 1979, when works to restore the gardens of the cottages broke it, causing a mild flood one Sunday morning.
Though it still looked much the same in the 1960's as this Ian Moss photo shows. The arm in the foreground is the beginning of what used to be an arm to Codnor Park Forge, shortened back to a stub 100 or so yards long many years ago. This still exists in the undergrowth and could possibly make off-line moorings in the future