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Question - Information Wanted- Toad Holes nr Matlock

Discussion in 'Residential Sites' started by SophieB, May 28, 2015.

  1. SophieB

    SophieB 28DL Full Member
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    Hi guys, I have recently been to a place locally known as Toad Holes. Thing is, I can't find information on this place anywhere. Apparently built around 1800's? Any information would be great!



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  2. Yorrick

    Yorrick 28DL Regular User
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    This seems to fit -

    Once known as Toadhole until 1850, Two Dales was a thriving community on the main Chesterfield to Bakewell route, the main industry was established at the Ladybrook Mill by the Dakeyne family which first produced flax and then later lace and then animal feed. The mill was water powered by 3 resevoirs lying in the valley which now provides pleasant walks through quiet woods.

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    In nearby Two Dales, Ladygrove Mill was built for spinning cotton by Abraham Flint, but converted to flax spinning in 1789 by Daniel Dakeyne of Knabb House. It was expanded by his sons, Edward and James, who built a series of three dams on the Sydnope Valley rising to 96 feet. To cope with the water pressure, they invented a revolutionary water-pressure powered "disc engine", which they patented in 1830 as the Dakeyne hydraulic disc engine. It was the progenitor of a type, now known as a "nutating disc engine" (which has been the subject of entrepreneurial interest in the 21st century). The mills and equipment have virtually disappeared but the remains of the dams can still be seen.
     
  3. SophieB

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    That is brilliant! Thanks very much. All we had to go on was the name Toadhole and we really weren't getting anywhere. That definitely seems to fit.
     
  4. Yorrick

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    You're welcome.

    No, you also had Matlock. A Google search for "toad holes Matlock" brought these up on the first page.

    Incidentally, your post here was the second hit on the first page.
     
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