This new study of Cromford, the Arkwright family's factory village, uses water-colours, drawings and photographs and previously unexplored archive material, to present an authoritative account of the origins and growth of this iconic settlement.
By about 1850 the village had reached more or less its modern form, the work of three generations of Arkwright squires. Here the reader will find descriptions of many of the village's key features: the several mills and their watercourses; Willersley Castle, the Arkwright mansion; Cromford Church; Cromford Canal Wharf, and the village schools.
The authors also depict life in this paternalist community and when it came to an end, the struggles and deprivations of the inter war years. The book concludes with the discovery of Cromford as a heritage destination following the celebration in 1971 of the bicentenary of Sir Richard's first Cromford Mill and the subsequent inscription of the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site in 2001.
World Heritage Celebration, Cromford Mill
A History of a Derbyshire Village in Words and Pictures
The many descriptions of Matlock Bath from visitors and residents over the centuries, and pictures from a unique private archive, combine to provide a biography of this much visited Derbyshire village.
This is the story of a remote rural hamlet which grew to become a nationally famous Spa, before finding the place it holds today as the East Midlands’ favourite day-out destination.
Performances: World Heritage Celebration; July 16th , Cromford Mill (Wharf Building) at 10.30am and 2.00pm
Admission Free, booking advisable on 07784875333 and [email protected]
Here is the story of Matlock Bath from its origin in the late seventeenth century to the recent past. At first, a remote rural spa, a century later, though still no more than a small village, its awesome scenery and mineral springs had become so highly regarded by fashionable visitors that it was spoken of alongside Bath, Buxton and Tunbridge Wells.View details...