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Clay Cross

Clay Cross was once known as Clay Lane and if you drive through the town on the A61, It is an extremely straight road for some distance, probably due to the route being a Roman road which took its way from Derby to Rotherham.

George Stephenson came to the area to plan the railway route from Derby to Leeds and he came to the same conclusion the Romans did - that the road would be straight and go through Clay Cross. Unlike Roman legionnaires,  the Navvis tunnelled through the village. They descended on Clay Cross to build what would become known as 'the mile long' tunnel and during the work, massive coal and Ironstone deposits were uncovered and Stevenson launched the Clay Cross company.