The village of Barrow Hill grew up around the collieries and ironworks owned by Richard Barrow, known locally as Staveley Works. Today the collieries and iron foundaries are closed and the village is better known for a relic of the railways - Barrow Hill Roundhouse.
During the 'golden age' of steam, locomotives had to be repaired, watered, coaled and turned around. This work took place in a roundhouse, a building which took its name from its conical roof. In the 1860s roundhouses grew larger and lost their conical roofs, but kept their name. When the age of steam drew to a close, many roundhouses were shut down and demolished. In Barrow Hill, however, the roundhouse was used for the diesel trains which moved coal from the local mines.
British Rail finally closed Barrow Hill Roundhouse in 1991 and it was due to be demolished. Thanks to a local society set up to save it, Barrow Hill remains the only operational roundhouse in Britain and, today, it houses one of the largest collections of diesel, electric and steam locomotives in the country.
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Station Road, Barrow Hill, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, S43 2PG
Map reference: SK 417753 Lat: 53.27304 Long: -1.37614
From M1 junction 30 take A616. At roundabout select right lane and take 4th exit (A619). At roundabout as enter Staveley (just under 3 miles) take 2nd exit (B6053) and turn immediately left into Hall Lane. Follow road for approx 1 mile and turn left (Station Road). Follow road to Barrow Hill.
Follow A617 to M1 motorway junction and take 4th exit at roundabout (M1 North). Leave M1 at next junction (30) and follow route from North/South.
Follow A619 eastwards to Chesterfield. At traffic light controlled roundabout (Lidl on left) select middle lane and take 3rd exit. Keep in left lane and, at traffic lights, go straight on. As approach next roundabout select right lane and take 3rd exit. At next roundabout (traffic light controlled) select left lane and take 2nd exit (A617). Follow A617 for approx 4 miles to M1 motorway roundabout and take 1st exit (M1 North). Leave M1 at next junction (30) and follow route from North/South.
Accessible by Public Transport : 4 miles (6.4 kms) from Chesterfield station