This is the definitive biography of Sir Richard Arkwright (1732-1792) and the first detailed account of the life of his only son Richard Arkwright junior (1755-1843), and the dynasty of land owning gentry he founded and sustained from his immense wealth.
A work of encyclopaedic detail, all the major issues of Sir Richard's career are considered; his family's origins in Lancashire; his education; the inventions; the patents won and lost; the Arkwright system; his emergence as a public figure and the business empire he created.
In Fitton's careful assessment Richard junior emerges, from beneath the shadow of his father, as his own man. Diffident and modest yet a money making machine who died 'the richest commoner in Europe'.
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
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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...