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Saddened generations have been left shocked after the iconic “100ft” tall brickwork chimneys at Barrow Hill have been blown up and razed to the ground.

Phoenix Brick Company Ltd, which shut down the brickworks, on Campbell Drive, Barrow Hill, Staveley, earlier this year after it was thought to be no longer viable was granted planning permission to demolish the landmarks that towered over the nearby Barrow Hill Roundhouse rail museum.

The chimneys were demolished about midday, on Thursday, December 12, and reduced to a pile of rubble.

Barrow Hill Roundhouse spokesman Alexa Stott said: “It’s incredibly sad that another piece of our heritage has gone. The chimneys were on our boundary and they very much featured as part of our historical landscape.

“The industrial heritage of the area is very important including the old Staveley Works, collieries and coking plants which have gone. And now the brickworks has gone, all that is left is the Roundhouse.

“The Roundhouse was constructed in the 1860s and the chimneys must be about 100 years old.”

Phoenix has the former brickworks land under lease from Chatsworth Estate and has been demolishing the site as part of a planning application.

Derbyshire County Council’s website revealed Phoenix Brick Company Ltd submitted a planning application in 2009 to transform the land into a waste site.

Mike Burdett, Barrow Hill Roundhouse member, said: “The chimneys are about 100ft tall and there will be a lot of people very sad to see them go.”

Derbyshire Times readers have voiced their sadness over the demolition. Julia Giove said: “That is so sad. I worked there for the last 20 years until being made redundant in February.”

Barrow Hill Roundhouse was built in 1870 as a maintenance centre for steam locomotives. It houses one of the largest collections of diesel, electric and steam locomotives in the country. It holds several open days during the year and has special events at Christmas. Visit www.barrowhill.org for details.

 

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