Updated 4 Jun 2007
WIRKSWORTH Parish Records 1600-1900
Packhorse Farm, Alderwasley
Packhorse Farm (OS ref: SK 321-521)
lies on the old Turnpike Road (Toll Road) South from
Wirksworth to Derby, and another route over a Derwent bridge at Ambergate
towards Nottingham. Lead was carried by packhorse to the big cities.
These roads are now minor and rural, but once had heavy four-legged traffic.
The people shown in the photo are unknown, but may be among those shown
in the following Census entries:
Taken 2007 by by Stuart Flint
"Packhorse Farm is now a much larger house ..the door on the centre of
photo has been blocked up signs of this visible
The lane to the left of the farm is called Jackass Lane and leads down
past Shining Cliffe Woods to Ambergate..
This is a road my family and I use when travelling from Wirksworth - Ripley/Alfreton ..My Gr Gr Grandfather
Nathaniel Cauldwell who was
Head Forester/Woodsman to Francis and Elizabeth Hurt
lived in a house just off Jackass Lane.for a time and then at Alderwasley
Hall. Others of my Cauldwell Smith Holgate and allied Longden and
Spendlove families lived at Alderwasley Shottle and Ashlehay being
Gamekeepers, Farmers and Iron Workers working for the Hurts and then Molds.."
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