Dovedale and J.W Jackson

Next week Ros Westwood is giving a paper at the bi-annual History of Geology Conference.  The theme for the conference is Appreciating Physical Landscapes: Geotourism 1670 – 1970 and Ros will be talking about Dovedale and the legacy of J.W Jackson (1880 – 1978)

I have had a look through Ros’ PowerPoint to gain a sneak peak.  I hadn’t realised that J.W Jackson had been integral in the drive to have Dovedale recognised as one of the first national parks.  His main interest in the Dale was geological, with him seeing Dovedale as ‘a natural textbook of geology, or at least a chapter thereof’.  As well as helping preserve the area he also accurately recorded it and took many photos which all add to our historical pictorial record of Dovedale (we have Jackson’s archive here at Buxton Museum).

Ros has compared some of Jackson’s lantern slides with earlier engravings and sketches, so I thought I’d share a few of them here.

Reynards Cave itself is nothing remarkable, but the natural limestone arch before it is.  It is about 40 feet high and 20 feet wide and today is slightly obscured with vegetation.  Below on the left you can see Jackson’s photo and on the right there is a photo of a sketch which is also part of Jackson’s collection.

Back in the day there was an old lady who set up her stall at the foot of Reynards and would sell drinking water.  For a fee you could also use ‘her’ rope to assist your climb to the arch.










Jacksons image of Ilam Rock on the left and t the 1805 Bluck aquatint of the same view that we bought as part of the Enlightenment! project on the right.

And although I don’t have an older image to compare it too, I thought I should include Jackson’s picture of the Lion Head Rock as is it the best one I’ve seen!


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