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View of Rider Point, Via Gellia, Middle by Wirksworth, pre 1927

Via Gellia is the road that runs between Cromford and Grangemill. It was constructed through the Griffe Grange Valley in the 1790's by Philip Gell of Hopton Hall, a local industrialist. The road was built to improve access between the family lead mines at Carsington and a smelter at Cromford, and was named the Via Gellia (' The Gell Way') by Philip Gell, who had a great interest in Roman Culture. …