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Stone Edge Cupola

Stone Edge Cupola

Contact

Chesterfield Tourist Information Centre

01246 345777

Address

Stonedge,
Ashover,
Chesterfield,
Derbyshire,
S45 0LW

Details

Stone Edge (pronounced 'Stanege' locally) is a pretty area of countryside with a stunning view across the valley to Chesterfield. It's possible to see the 'Crooked Spire' of Chesterfield's Parish Church in the distance and get a sense of how impressive it must have been in the 14th Century, when it was first built.

Stone Edge bears a reminder of the industrial past of the area - the Stone Edge Cupola. Lead mining was important to the Peak District but usually the smelting of the lead ore wasn't done near the mine. Much smelting of lead has taken place in the Derwent Valley, on the East Moors which were closer to the canals that could take the lead to the river ports on the Trent.

The Cupola is evidence that lead smelting took place at Stone Edge. More substantial than the bole hearths of the 16th and 17th Centuries, the cupolas were built in the 18th and 19th Centuries on an industrial basis. Most of them used coal as fuel and had associated stone buildings. The Stone Edge Cupola was built in 1770, making it Britain's oldest free standing chimney, but the remains of its additional buildings lie hidden under the grass and brush.

Children welcomeDogs accepted

Open all the time

Prices

Free entry

Location

Directions

See location of Stone Edge on Google mapsSee location on Google maps

Map reference: SK 334670  Lat: 53.19902 Long: -1.50147

From North/South
Leave M1 motorway at junction 29 and take A617 to Chesterfield (approx 4 miles). At roundabout select middle lane and take 3rd exit. At next roundabout select left lane and take 1st exit (continuous lane). At traffic lights select middle lane and go straight on. Stay in left lane and, at traffic light controlled roundabout (Matalan) take 2nd exit. At next roundabout (Morrison's) take 1st exit then go straight on at mini roundabout. Follow road to traffic lights at top of hill and turn right towards Matlock (A632). Follow road for approx 3 miles. Turn right onto Darley Road, Stonedge.

From East
Follow A617 to M1 motorway junction then follow route from North/South.

From West
Follow A619 to Chesterfield. At roundabout (Morrison's) take 3rd exit then go straight on at mini roundabout. Follow road to traffic lights at top of hill and turn right towards Matlock (A632). Follow road for approx 3 miles. Turn right in to Darley Road, Stonedge.

Accessible by Public Transport: 2 miles from Chesterfield station

Facilities

  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Dogs acceptedDogs accepted
 
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