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Man-made heritage

Churnet Valley Railway in KIngsley Parish

A section of the former Churnet Valley branch of the North Staffordshire Railway, constructed in the mid-19th century and used for over 100 years for both passenger and industrial traffic.


Kingsley
Cliffe Park Ridge and Furrow Horton

Former mediaeval ploughing system, indentations visible on pasture land.


Horton
Consall Forge Kilns

Against the canalised River Churnet stands a bank of four large limekilns, dating from the early 19th Century.  They were linked to a plateway built between 1815 and 1819 that ran from the Caldon Canal to north of Caverswall. 

Coal was brought in on the plateway from a number of local collieries, whilst lime was carried to Weston Coyney and beyond. By 1840 the line was out of use, although it is unclear precisely when the kilns ceased operation.


Consall
Consall Plateway

Former plateway dated c 1841 constructed to assist the transportation of burnt lime from Consall to Rangemoor. The line closed in 1849.

Shown on the Ordnance Survey as 'Rail Road'.

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Consall
Consall Station

Set in a picturesque hamlet deep in the Churnet Valley, Consall is the railway's "jewel in the crown". Sharing the valley floor with both the Caldon Canal and the River Churnet, this sleepy rural station is full of Victorian charm having been carefully restored to how it original was on its opening in 1902.


Caldon Canal, Consall
Copper Works Froghall

 The site of a copper and brass woks, built by the Bolton Company in 1890. The emphasis was on electrolytic copper production and manufacture but some work on complex brass alloys including aluminium brass was carried out there.


Kingsley
Cross, Church of St John the Baptist, Alton

A listed mid 19th century churchyard cross situataed to the east of the Church of St John the Baptist. The ashlar cross has a square base with three steps up to a pedastal with panels containing the symbols of the Evangelists. The shaft has a shield to each face and an elaborate head surmounted by a foliated cross.

SK07344245


Alton
Crumpwood Weir

Crumpwood Weir was built between 1807 and 1811 to take the Uttoxeter Canal across the River Churnet. Boats dropped through the nearby Carrington's Lock to join the river before being pulled across the top of the weir and back into the canal via Churnet Flood Lock on the south side. This lock was normally left open but had double sets of gates, as water levels could be lower or higher on the river than on the next section of canal towards Denstone.


Canal, Listed structure
Crumpwood Weir Cottage

A two story cottae of rendered stone with an attached, single storey outbuilding of unrendered stone to one side, located adjacent to Crumpwood Weir, Alton. Possibly 19th century. 

Restoration work is taking place in the surrounding area by Caldon Uttoxter Canal Trust and the Waterway Recovery Group.

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Crumpwood
Dairy House, Horton

Small semi-derelict 17th century country house and attached farm. The farmhouse has a date stone readibng 'IBM 1635' in the apex of the roof. No public access.

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