Aqueduct cottage was built around 1802 at the junction of the Cromford canal
and the Lee Wood arm, which was a private canal to service Smedley's mills.
At the entrance to the Lee arm was a lock, the purpose of the cottage was probably to house the lock keeper, and may originally have been two dwellings.
Having photographed the cottage since 1983 and seen its gradual deteriation, I decided to put the photographs on a page for anyone who may have an interest.
A page on the extensive Wirksworth Parish Records web site features the Cromford canal and pictures of Aqueduct Cottage going back to 1905 with historical notes.
Derbyshire Wildlife Trust (DWT) have acquired Aqueduct Cottage as part of a much larger holding which includes Lea Wood and the Leawood Arm of the Cromford Canal.
The Listed Grade 2 building appears on the Derbyshire County Councils local list of Buildings at Risk.
It is the subject of the first stage of a study in the process of reviewing and surveying the property and considering its potential for a sustainable new use.
The study has been funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) through the Derwentwise Landscape Partnership, led by the Derbyshire Wildlife Trust.
For all the latest news on the Cromford Canal visit the Friends of the Cromford Canal website.