Stoddart Tunnel remains on the list

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The Stodhart Tunnel in Chapel-en-le-Frith remains on English Heritage’s At Risk register as well as Torr Vale Mill in New Mills and the trans-shipment warehouse in Whaley Bridge.

Built as a tramway tunnel entrance in 1796, the Stodhart Tunnel is considered to be the oldest surviving rail-related tunnel in the world.

It is a listed building of Grade II* and is classed as priority B by English Heritage – at immediate risk of further rapid deterioration or loss of fabric, solution agreed but not yet implemented.

English Heritage’s report adds: “Some stones missing; repointing and vegetation removal is needed. Water penetrating the tunnel roof and attached walls are bowing due to tree roots. Concern over the distorted tunnel lining which requires propping. Local trust formed to take forward repairs; referred land ownership difficulties to Lands Tribunal.”

Torr Vale Mill in New Mills is a listed building of grade II* in a Conservation Area and is a textile factory dating from around 1790. It is classed as a category A priority – immediate risk of further rapid deterioration or loss of fabric, with no solution agreed.

The report adds: “Proposals for redevelopment have not come to fruition and the complex has continued to deteriorate. An application has been received to refurbish one floor of the Cotton Mill building for business, storage and workshop use and some use is now in place. However the building still requires comprehensive repairs.”

Dated from 1832, the terminal (trans-shipment) warehouse, Peak Forest Canal, Whaley Bridge is a listed building grade II* in a Conservation Area. Described as being in fair condition by English Heritage, the warehouse is classed as a priority C building – slow decay, no solution agreed.

English Heritage’s report said: “Stone built warehouse of three bays dated 1832. Central bay straddles canal, outer bays formerly housed northern terminus sidings of the Cromford and High Peak railway. Continuing to deteriorate with roof needing repairs; its roof now leaks badly.”