Volunteers needed to map buildings

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Pleasley residents are being offered the chance to play a part in a project to map the architectural heritage of the area.

The Limestone Journeys project aims to see the distinctive magnesian limestone buildings of north-east Derbyshire looked after and celebrated.

Genevieve Carver, an archeologist working for the heritage Lottery-funded scheme, said: “Many of the cottages, farmhouses and barns are built from magnesian limestone with their typical red pantile roofs.

“And they form an important element of the regional landscape character, although many are falling into disrepair.”

Emma Hancock, project manager for Limestone Journeys’ Your Hidden Heritage, said: “This is a very exciting project because these are local buildings, built using local methods and local materials.

“They are very special to the local area and have never been recorded on this scale before.

“Many of the structures we will be recording are not listed by English Heritage - many of them are houses and farm buildings.”

A workshop, showing participants how to photograph and record the buildings for an online interactive map, will be held at Pleasley Landmark Centre on Sunday between 9:45am-4pm.

Participants on the day will take part in a recording field trip and assess structures according to set guidelines, such as materials used, basic condition and local importance.

The results will be added to a website with photos taken on the day, which the public can then view when it is up and running.

The free of charge day will also include a free guided tour of Pleasley Pit and St Michaels’ Church, which features a Norman chancel arch.

To book your place email gcarver@yorkat.co.uk or phone 0115 8967409.