Report - Ambergate Ironworks, House And Cottages - Ambergate - Aug 2017

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28DL Full Member
28DL Full Member
Jul 4, 2017
Did a few explores round matlock area a couple of months ago and need to get the reports up so determined to get them on this week.

This one is always a pleasant walk around on a nice day.

Managed to get in all 3 small cottages that you pass up the path on the way upto here so took some picks there and also the oakhurst house (which is a right mess now)

Not a great deal of photos but just some of the ones ive pulled out for you all to have a nosey.

Little History first.

In 1867 Richard Johnson and his nephew opened a wireworks spanning the river Derwent near to Ambergate, (it seems they also had a factory in Manchester). Products from the Johnson factory were once household names, and their company lorries carried the slogan “A wise buyer buys Johnsons wire” catchy eh! During its heyday it employed over 500 people and the business specialised in telegraph wire and suspension cables. The company produced the telegraph wires used under the English channel during WW2. In 1990 the Bridon company took over production which lasted until 1996 when all wire production ceased, it was latterly used as a storage and distrubution centre and some parts are still live.

The house, 'Oakhurst' nearby was originally built by the Hurt family in 1846, however when the Johnson family bought it they enlarged the property. It changed purpose a number of times, (one reference seems to be that it was used by the army during WW2, but I might be wrong on this), it was also a retreat for the local diocese and finally became flats during the 1970's, which ultimately led to its demise when the owning company folded in the 80's.