Railway Realism: Chinley

Once the centre of a busy railway network Chinley, in Derbyshire, is now but a shadow of its former self. EVAN GREEN-HUGHES looks at the rise and fall of this important railway landmark.

CHINLEY IS located high in the Derbyshire Dales and despite being only 18 miles from the centre of Manchester has a population of less than 3,000. The town grew up where a crossing of the Black Brook River had been established and where a number of small textile mills had been built around the start of the 19th century, a development that saw the number of residents rise to around 1,000.

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