Level crossing of Cromford & High Peak Railway and
footpath from Wirksworth and Cromford to Black Rocks. The old stone
stile still survives.
Posted 1906. from Sallie Clews to mother Mrs J Clews of Bank House,
Newhaven, Hartington, Buxton.
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Cromford, Black Rocks
A landmark between Wirksworth and Cromford. It is a weathered outcrop
of Ashover gritstone, and stand near the High Peak Trail which used to be
the Cromford and High Peak Railway. The area is now a country park, and the
rocks excellent for
rock climbing. Black Rocks used to be mined for lead,
and the nearby spoil scree slope supports lead-tolerant leadwort. The Rocks
have a fine view down onto Cromford.
"Returning from WIRKSWORTH to MATLOCK BATH, opportunity may conveniently
be taken, by passing along the road towards Cromford, to ascend the
celebrated BLACK ROCKS, collectively called STENNIS or STONNIS -
a popular corruption of stonehouse - a mass of grit stones,
"dark ponderous, and sublime," surmounted by waving clusters of old
pine-trees. From the summit of these Rocks there is a really magnificent
prospect of wondrous beauty which the author of "Peak Scenery" regards as
the finest in the county, and in flowing raptures exclaims - "I stood on
the top of Stonnis - masses of rock lay scattered at my feet - a grove of
pines waved their dark branches over my head-far below, embosomed in an
amphitheatre of hills, one of the finest landscapes that nature anywhere
presents was spread before me. The habitations of men, some near and others
far apart, were scattered over the scene; but in the contemplation of the
woods and rocks of Matlock-Dale, the windings of the Derwent, the
pine-crowned Heights of Abraham, and the proud hill of Masson, they were
Bemrose's Guide 1869
Posted 1912. Card by George Marsden of Wirksworth. Stamp with Downey Head.
From James, to Miss Eth Horton, Park Lodge, Gibbins Rd, Selly Oak, Birmingham
"Dear Eth, Do you remember being on this rock in the picture. I think you will
recognise it. I wish you were here, but I suppose it is no good wishing. I have
not found anything very exciting yet, everything seems dead. Hope to see you
Sunday week. Yours ever, James." Name carved may be
Samuel Land of Wirksworth
See also a reply from a Living relative of Miss Eth Horton!
Photo taken pre 1939, Cromford in the distance.
Network of straight stone walls in the distance.