R.S. Fitton and A.P. Wadsworth's pioneering case study of the birth of the factory system in Derbyshire's Derwent Valley, has long been recognised as a classic in the literature of the industrial revolution.
First published in 1958, it charts the development of Richard Arkwright's and Jedediah Strutt's textile empires with particular focus on their cotton mills in Cromford, Belper and Milford with the communities they built to sustain them.
Among the book's strengths is Wadsworth's depiction of life in Belper in the 1790s, lives that were lived at the mill and at home, always under the watching eye of the factory master. The reader glimpses real lives in these pages, an attribute all too rare, made possible here by the quality of the Strutt archive.
Out of print for many years, this paperback edition was commissioned by the Trust in 2012.
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...