At the start of the project Trevor Griffin searched the catalogues for the National Archives and the records deposited in the Derbyshire Record  Office (DRO) at Matlock. A research register was produced detailing the documents requiring further investigation.

The previous publications (e.g. Farey, Riden and “Dowie”) provided invaluable information and these details were challenged, where necessary, and reconfirmed as the research progressed. Also a few years ago David Smith, a railway historian living in Crich, showed that the route of the Butterley Gangroad had been altered considerably over the years. It had originally followed a curving contour hugging alignment and was later straightened over most of its length.

From July 2013 to May 2014 members of the project team undertook the detailed review of the documents and historic maps in the archives, photographed relevant sections (where possible) and in some cases prepared as yet unpublished short papers on key topics. These papers will be included in the Archive

page and include:-

Freda Raphael also interviewed a number of local residents who either had relatives or friends who had worked for the Butterley Company and/or had distant memories of the Butterley Gangroad and works at Crich and Bullbridge when it was still operating in the 1930s. These interviews have been transcribed  and collated into a  paper  - Local Residents Memories - and this will be available in the Archive page in the near future.

The resident’s memories include:-

The research activity was concluded by submitting a paper - The Butterley Gangroad - for publication in the Derbyshire Archaeological Society Annual Journal (Volume 134) for 2014 and this is available for purchase from the society (www.derbyshireas.org.uk).

In parallel with this project, but separate from it, a paper - William Brunton’s walking engines and the Crich rail-road - was prepared by Dieter Hopkin for publication by the Early Railways Conference. This paper provides a supplement to the findings of this project.

Remains of lime kilns

Cromford Canal with Lime Grange top right

Hat Factory area

Fritchley embankment