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Today I thought I'd have a walk around my village, Middleton-by-Wirksworth in Derbyshire and photograph three ruins. I don't know if they will interest anyone, but I like them. On the walk I also went to Middleton long barrow, a Bronze age burial ground in a great location, also pictured. It was a misty day so no views, I'm afraid. All three building are located quite high, on the edge of Middleton Moor above 300m amsl and I don't think had the normal services we enjoy like piped water. The barrow is near the highest part of the moor at about 350m.
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Those look like an interesting place to have a wander around.

Thanks for posting up 👍
 

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Quite a big structure with it's sandstone lintels etc. I wonder if they were scavenged from another more major building when this was built as everything else is limestone. Can you find any history about it?
 

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Today I thought I'd have a walk around my village, Middleton-by-Wirksworth in Derbyshire and photograph three ruins. I don't know if they will interest anyone, but I like them. On the walk I also went to Middleton long barrow, a Bronze age burial ground in a great location, also pictured. It was a misty day so no views, I'm afraid. All three building are located quite high, on the edge of Middleton Moor above 300m amsl and I don't think had the normal services we enjoy like piped water. The barrow is near the highest part of the moor at about 350m.View attachment 505098View attachment 505099View attachment 505100View attachment 505103View attachment 505104View attachment 505105View attachment 505106View attachment 505107View attachment 505109View attachment 505112View attachment 505113
 

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Looks interesting, get up to Derbyshire regularly. Can you post the route
Have a word you don't ask things like that why don't you look at the the Ordnance Survey may of the area like I just have, lots of interesting places to see
How many Middletons are there Middleton-by-Wirksworth does not show up on the OS map but I presume its the one just north of Wirksworth. Building are most likely of mile workers dwellings, seems to be a lot of old abandoned mines and quarries around there. Great place to wander around
 

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It's quite an easy area to walk around. The village is about a mile and a half north of Wirksworth towards Bakewell. There's a public car park next to the Nelson Arms at the top of the village (no, it's not the pub car park).
 

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That building is remarkable. The stone walls are just a mass of stones put together in such a way that they have lasted for how long I wonder? I take it there's no records of the place. Was it a farm house or some other type of family home? Oh the questions I'd like to ask :D
The sandstone blocks are the sort we see in old homes in Australia, in fact whole walls built with them. They are incredibly cool in long hot summers.
I like the way the trees have taken root inside. What are the trees? Do you know?
Thank you, lovely photos, a most compelling building :)
 

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Hi, single skin walls were standard construction until the late 19th century. 2 mortared wall with infill.
The sand stone lintils may have been reclaimed from another building. Sandstone being preferable as in has a grain or bedding plain thus more strength.The local limestone is generally unworkable can split in any direction when chipping or carving. Hence the slightly random nature of the stone courses. Alternatively timber lintils may also have used.
 

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Quite a big structure with it's sandstone lintels etc. I wonder if they were scavenged from another more major building when this was built as everything else is limestone. Can you find any history about it?
It's quite common in this area to have a mixture of limestone and gritstone (a hard sandstone) in the same building (and sometimes brick as there is clay nearby). The house I live in is the same. The front of my house which was built in 1900 is built from gritstone, which was more expensive, the rest of the house being mainly limestone, but with gritstone quoins and lintels. At the time there were gritstone and limestone quarries within a mile of the village and there still are within 5 miles. Sorry, I don't know the history of the buildings but I'll see what I can find out.
 

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Thank you for sharing. It is a shame that it wasn't saved. So much history has been lost over the years.
 

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go to Middleton top engine House
park there
walk down trail towards Buxton,less than 1mils 2 quarrys on right with old buildings😀
 

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