Cromford road before blasting

Cromford Road before blasting
Cromford Road before blasting
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A car drives steadily along the main road to Cromford in 1961.

This huge rock originally continued across the road, cutting Cromford off from Matlock Bath except by foot.

Arkwright had a narrow passageway blasted through the rock. It was widened in 1816-18 when the turnpike road to Belper was constructed and widened again in the early 1960s.

This picture shows Cromford Tors before the blasting took place to widen the crossroads.