A Family Connection to Cromford Wharf…

Over the New Year weekend we were up visiting family in Derbyshire, and I took the opportunity to have a look again at the wonderful terminus of the Cromford Canal, at Cromford Wharf.

Since recently uncovering the following information about my paternal great, great grandfather John Allen…

“The 1871 Census record shows a William Allen of Scarthin Nick, Cromford, Derbyshire a ‘Beer House Keeper’ having a son John Allen, then aged 23yrs. ‘Boatman’. In the 1881 Census John Allen, of Scarthin Nick, Cromford now married to Jane Allen, is recorded as being a‘Fishmonger’, whilst in the 1901 Census, he’s recorded as being 53 yrs. old and a ‘Canal Ganger’ [or foreman] living at ‘Coal Wharf, Cromford’.”

…I found myself looking at the wharf in a new light. Particularly the remaining houses on the wharf. Despite the touristification of the site, it remains a delightful set of interesting industrial buildings.

(ps. sorry about the quality of the photos, I don’t know what the weather was like where you were on New Years Day, but in Derbyshire it stayed twilight all day and bucketed down…

(ps. please click on any of the thumbnail images below to see a gallery of enlarged pictures…)

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  1. Cromford Connections |

    […] And the reason I took the photos? Well, the man standing second from the right is my Great, Great Grandfather John Allen who was the wharf foreman and previously the ‘Ganger’ in charge of maintaining the terminus end of the Cromford Canal around the turn of the last century. There’s more information HERE. […]

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