Hit-and-run damages 17th century cottage in Clay Cross

The 17th century Henmoor Cottage on Holmgate Road in Clay Cross
The 17th century Henmoor Cottage on Holmgate Road in Clay Cross

A much-loved and historic listed cottage in Clay Cross was damaged on Tuesday September 1 in a “hit-and-run” incident.

The 17th century Henmoor Cottage on Holmgate Road was hit by a vehicle which left yellow paint at the scene but failed to stop to report the damage.

The damage done

The damage done

The building, one of the oldest in the village, used to be known as Taylor’s Sweet Shop by many local children over the past 50 years.

David Harris, who owns the property, said: “I got back at about 12 yesterday and noticed the damage.

“When I saw it I was shocked and absolutely mortified.

“It looks like a low loader has hit it - maybe he didn’t notice but I think that is giving him the benefit of too much doubt.”

“Having no weight or width restrictions on this road is just asking for problems.”

“I don’t know how much it’s going to cost me to put it right but it’s not just me, the building is important for the area.

“It’s been there hundreds of years and the sweet shop was a much loved and well remembered aspect of the area’s past.”

Derbyshire Police attended the incident to begin their investigations as did the Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service who ensured the building was safe and the rubble cleared away.

A spokesman for the police said unsuccessful enquiries had been made at a local building site and officers had also looked into the possibility the incident had been caught on CCTV, but unfortunately no buildings in the area had had cameras fitted.

They added that there were no current active lines of enquiry but that they hoped an appeal may bring forward new information.

Anyone who has any information is encouraged to contact the Derbyshire Police quoting reference 276 of 01/09/15.