The Chaddesden Sheepwash

The Chaddesden Sheepwash. Had you lived in our part of Derbyshire between, say, the last decades of the nineteenth century and the years immediately following the First World War, a familiar sight on a fine day in late May or early June each year would have been the flocks of sheep awaiting their turn for an annual washing in the sheepwash situated in Chaddesden Brook adjacent to Nottingham Road (Fig. 1). Sheep were then routinely washed to remove the winter’s grime and grease from their heavy fleeces to ensure the wool would be in as good a condition as possible for shearing a week or two later. Although not named as such, the Chaddesden sheepwash made its first cartographic appearance on

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