SK4467 : Heath - Fern Cottage

taken 2 years ago, near to Heath, Derbyshire, Great Britain

Heath - Fern Cottage
Heath - Fern Cottage
Fern Cottage is at the junction of Mansfield Road with Main Road in Heath. Strangely, the cottage is about 6 foot below the level of the Mansfield Road on to which it has steps access. I suspect that the cottage is at the natural level of the surrounding land and that the raising of the road behind a retaining wall was a subsequent development. The history of the highways in the Heath area is fairly complicated:
* Mansfield Road in Heath was on the medieval road between Mansfield and Chesterfield.
* The Mansfield & Chesterfield Turnpike Trust was enacted in 1759 (see LinkExternal link ) and this resulted in the levying of tolls and some improvements to the quality of the road.
* The M1 London to Leeds motorway passes to the east of Heath and this part was opened in 1967. The motorway severed the existing Mansfield to Chesterfield road which was diverted onto the A6175 slip road to the M1 and then along Main Road in Heath.
* In 1978, the "Hasland Bypass" diverted the traffic from Mansfield to Chesterfield on to the A617 dual carriageway road to the north of Heath.
* The Mansfield Road east of Fern Cottage is now a dead-end vehicle-free track.
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Date Taken
Wednesday, 16 March, 2016   (more nearby)
Submitted
Friday, 18 March, 2016
Geographical Context
Village, Rural settlement  Housing, Dwellings 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SK 4476 6705 [10m precision]
WGS84: 53:11.9191N 1:19.8859W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SK 4478 6704
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West-northwest (about 292 degrees)
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