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Barrow Hill Roundhouse volunteer excavation

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The Barrow Hill Roundhouse, built in 1870, is the last surviving operational roundhouse engine shed in the UK and a unique example of 19th century railway architecture. In the summers of 2018 and 2019 Trent & Peak Archaeology and the Barrow Hill Engine Shed Society will be excavating two trenches over a row of 19 cottages built in the 1840s. Known as West Railway Terrace, this was the last row of cottages to be built for their workers by the Barrow brothers, owners of the Staveley Coal and Iron Company. 

Places are free and available to ages 16-plus, but must be booked in advance. Younger diggers and their adults can join us on 30 and 31 July and 1 August for our special family days.

For more information, and to book, see