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Woodhead’s forgotten tragedy

Started by gash, May 16, 2017, 05:54:30 pm

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High on the moors above Glossop lies a lonely field behind an isolated church which could hold the secrets of a tragic past.

It is here that the remains of people who died in devastating circumstances are believed to have been laid to rest.

It is thought the bodies of 'navvies,' who built the first Derbyshire to Yorkshire Woodhead Railway Tunnels in the 19th century, and the bodies of their wives and children, lie beneath the windswept moors in the High Peak.

The tragic families lived near the tunnel in a quickly built 'shanty town' at nearby Saltersbrook.

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