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Man-made heritage

1777 Waggonway in Kingsley Parish

The probable first (1777) route of the tramway between the Caldon Canal and the Cauldon limestone quarries.

1783 Waggonway (in Kingsley Parish)

The probable 2nd route of the tramway between Caldon Canal and Cauldon Lowe Quarry, by-passing some of the more severe gradients as horse drawn waggons slipped on the iron rails.

1804 Tramway (in Kingsley Parish)

The third of four successive tramways between the Caldon Canal and the Cauldon Lowe quarry.

1849 Railway Froghall

Former (Rack railway) Caldon Low tramway, built to connect Caldon canal and Froghall to Cauldon Low quarries.

A Turnpike Era Milepost Bradnop

A listed late 19th Century milepost of of painted cast iron. The mile post has a circular shaft with an enlarged head with raised lettering on both. Distances to Leek, Ashbourne and London are shown. Erected in 1834, cast by James Bassett of Ashbourne. 

Alton Bridge

A listed early 19th century ashlar road bridge which spans the river Churnet on the parish boundary between Alton and Farley.


Alton Castle

There are two buildings to describe: a ruined 12th century castle, visible from within the grounds, and a victorian building, visible from across the valley from its prominent, cliff-top position. Only the moat and 12th century remains are scheduled buildings.

Alton, Pugin
Alton Station

Alton Station was built in 1849 as part of the Churnet Valley branch line for North Staffordshire Railway, also known as The Knotty. Stations were built in grand design, this one Italianate. NSR employed London architect Henry Arthur Hunt who may have had a hand in designing this Italianate building, although some have accredited it to AW Pugin. Pugin has designed other buildings, including the Gothic gatehouse across the road, which it is said might have influenced the station design - a battle of styles, Gothic vs Italianate!

Ashenhurst Hall Bradnop

Site of a country house (since demolished). The outbuildings have been converted into a private dwelling.

Ashenhurst Mill

Former water mill, private (modern) dwellings are now on site, plus some original outbuildings.