Arkwright’s Cromford Mills

Mill Road, Cromford, Matlock, Derbyshire DE4 3RQ, UK
Posted on 14th August 2015 / 853 Listing verified as genuine
Site Type : Organisation
Industry Type : Textiles
Power Type : Water
Public or Private Site? : Public Access
Condition : Restored, Partially Restored

Arkwright’s Cromford Mills is the world’s first successful water-powered cotton spinning mill!

This is Sir Richard Arkwright’s Cotton Mills and purpose-built village…all water-powered and sat nicely by the canal. Most remarkable of all though, it that it’s FREE! Yes, Free!

It is owned and managed by the Arkwright Society and represents Sir Richard’s most important legacy.

Arkwright began building Cromford in 1771 and created the world’s first successful water-powered cotton spinning mill based on his cotton spinning machinery, which was a vital step towards full scale factory production.

On your visit you will be immersed in the original buildings, many of which house carefully selected craft-shops. The Cromford Canal is also there, complete with wharf-side warehouses.

It is currently undergoing a most marvellous revamp (2015), which includes a new gateway visitor reception and a glass walkway linking to the 1st mill on the site – glorious!

It is part of the mighty Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site.

There are always interesting events taking place, so check out their website HERE! for the latest.

While you are in the area, you should also make a bee-line for the lovely Lumsdale industrial valley and track-down the ruined mills!


Mill Lane, Cromford, Matlock, Derbyshire, DE4 3RQ.

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