Paxton’s humble design

GRITTY SURVIVOR: Rowsley freight depot in 1955, now part of Peak Village shopping centre.
GRITTY SURVIVOR: Rowsley freight depot in 1955, now part of Peak Village shopping centre.
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Visitors to the Peak Village shopping centre might be surprised to recognise parts of this scene snapped in 1955.

It is the Rowsley freight depot, opened in 1849 by the Manchester, Buxton, Matlock and Midland Railway.

The station was intended to be part of a line running from Ambergate to Stockport, and was built north of what is now the A6 to avoid running across the Haddon estate.

But this project stalled, and for many years the station was the western terminus of the branch, serving visitors to Chatsworth.

It was replaced with the new Rowsley South station in 1862 when the line was extended to Buxton.

But it lived on as a goods depot until 1968 – so you could say it outlived its replacement, where regular services ended in 1967.

The station was designed by Joseph Paxton, who also designed the Crystal Palace in London, and is now the site of the shopping centre.

Information taken from www.disused-stations.org.uk