Prince Charles visits Cromford Station

HRH Prince Charles is invited to unveil a plaque by Chairman of the Awkwright Society Bob Faithorne on his visit to Cromford Station.
HRH Prince Charles is invited to unveil a plaque by Chairman of the Awkwright Society Bob Faithorne on his visit to Cromford Station.

The Prince of Wales praised the work of heritage chiefs who have helped carry out an award-winning project at Cromford Station during his visit to Derbyshire.

Prince Charles visited the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site on Friday, February 18, to see two prize-winning conservation schemes which have regenerated and preserved the railway buildings at Cromford.

HRH Prince Charles meets owner of the Waiting Room Holiday Cottage, Tim Collis, and MP Patrick McLoughlin as he arrives for his visit to Cromford Station.

HRH Prince Charles meets owner of the Waiting Room Holiday Cottage, Tim Collis, and MP Patrick McLoughlin as he arrives for his visit to Cromford Station.

He said: “I can’t congratulate you all enough for having achieved another wonderful project.

“It is so encouraging and raises my spirits to see what you have done with the project. I am hoping I will live long enough to see all the buildings at Cromford Mill completed.”

The project, led by the Arkwright Society, has seen the main station building repaired and turned in to office space, while on the other side of the line private owners have restored the waiting room and adapted it in to holiday accommodation.

Chief executive of the society, Sarah McLeod, said: “The visit went very well. I think it was a real boost for the Arkwright Society and I think it was wonderful the Prince took the time to talk to the people who worked on the project a lot of whom are volunteers. It is really important the volunteers get the recognition they deserve.”

The two projects were jointly awarded the Railway Heritage Trust Conservation Award in the National Railway Heritage Awards 2009.

Derbyshire Dales MP Patrick McLoughlin, was at the station along with councillors, heritage bosses, volunteers and residents to greet the Prince. He said: “The Prince talked about how important tourism is for this area.

“He is very supportive of architectural restoration and he was pleased to see the rail line still in use and that we are getting a better service now at Cromford.”

Prince Charles and his wife The Duchess of Cornwall carried out a tour of Derbyshire which included the Duchess opening Chesterfield Royal Hospital’s new ward.

See the Mercury next week for a royal visit picture special.