|Deep Dale South|
We had a late start this week because one of our gang slept in, he claims to have gotten up early but then fell asleep on the settee!!!!
We parked on the A6 just past the turn off for Sheldon and just crossed the road to the footpath. There was a herd of buffalo in the field and we took the bridge over the river Wye. There are the remains of an old water mill on the right just over the bridge.
This mill was formerly a bone crushing mill and apparently bones from as far away as London were crushed here to make fertiliser. It was then a saw mill before closing. I found some interesting facts about bone crushing on the web:-
Animal bones have been used for land improvement for hundreds of years and demand grew alongside the agricultural revolution. Bones, and the bony cores of ox-horns, were crushed at water-powered grinding mills between iron wheels or rollers. Sometimes the bones were first boiled in cauldrons to extract the grease, otherwise bone manure attracted vermin, birds and insects. Farey refers to bones also being pounded under forge hammers.
Tanyards were a good source of bones and horns. More unusually, Sheffield knife-handle makers sold their horn trimmings direct to local farmers, as did horn and bone button manufacturers. Strutts of Belper asked their workpeople and their children to save bones for which they were paid 1s.6d. (7.5p) per hundredweight, taking wheelbarrows full at a time. Strutts had the bones broken up at Makeney forge for spreading on their own pasture land. Farey noted that 'several Ship Loads of the Bones, collected in London (some from the churchyards as I have heard) find their way to the interior of Derbyshire annually and are there ground by mills.
|Buffalo in Derbyshire|
|Shacklow Wood Bone Mill|
|The tranquil River Wye|
|Footpath to Little Shacklow Woods|
|Ike & Rob on the trail.|
in front of what looks like another mine entrance.
|Wild Garlic Plant|
|Fantastic smell of garlic|
|Memorial to whom or what?|
|Breaking out of the woods|
|Ahhh int it cute.|
|The Cock & Pullet Pub|
|Young house martin waiting for its breakfast|
|Lassie waiting for his master|
|Sheldon Village Green|
|Rob & Ike trekking through the meadow|
|What at Moooving pic.|
|This is the track leading into Deep Dale (South)|
|Swallows having a rest.|
|A grand clump of Orchids in Deep Dale (South).|
|This is Bugle|
|Rob getting Ike to move out of the pic.|
|Lovely water trickling sound coming from this little stream|
|Back to the car.|
See you next week.