Updated 30 may 2007
WIRKSWORTH Parish Records 1600-1900
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Taken 1933 at Wirksworth.
This particular Hudswell Clarke is maker's number 1605, ordered on 28 July 1927 and delivered on 14 October of the same year to Bowne & Shaw of Middlepeak Quarry where it worked until April 1948 when it was transferred to Stewarts & Lloyds' Harston Quarries, Leicestershire, and scrapped in 1952.
The dimensions quoted on your site are suspect as No 2 is recorded as having 9"x15" cylinders, 2' 6.5" wheels and a weight of 10 tons 15cwt. I do not have the remaining dimensions but the figures quoted seem on the high side - maybe they relate to the Manning type quoted, about which I have no information, but it is clearly a generally larger engine.
The location of the photo is immediately north of the bridge under Cromford Road, visible in the background. The loco is standing on the spur leading to Middlepeak and Stoneycroft quarries. This spur has now been removed but the line under the bridge is still in place, and now can be ridden on courtesy of the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway, who offer a passenger service from Wirksworth Station to Ravenstor Platform, the site of which is just out of the picture to the left. Until last year the line north of Wirksworth Station had been used only for mineral traffic.
Details of this and other locos used in Wirksworth are in Howard Sprenger's excellent book "The Wirksworth Branch" published by Oakwood Press in 2004. (I have mentioned above all relevant details of this particular loco)
Hope this is of some help.
Reading, Berks (but born & bred in Wirksworth)
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