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The Darby Houses

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claire s wrote a review Oct 2019
129 contributions42 helpful votes
We viewed both of these houses and one has been restored and the other one is slowly being restored from a derelict state when it was aquired. Staff are lovely and happy to chat
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Mikan999 wrote a review Sep 2019
Bristol, United Kingdom413 contributions96 helpful votes
These two houses were owned by the Derby families, Quakers who developed the industrial production of iron. They give a good insight into how these wealthy entrepreneurs lived and worked.
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Date of experience: July 2019
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Julie P wrote a review Sep 2019
United Kingdom1,414 contributions309 helpful votes
Just up the road from the Museum of Iron where you park. Check the opening hours before setting out as they're not always open, but on the day we visited bothe houses were open. Volunteers will give you a history of the family and the area. One is currently being restored and is once again being used by the Quakers, after years of alteration and varied use; the other has been preserved in a particular moment in time. Both give an insight into Quaker life and what the valley would have looked like at the height of industrialisation. If you walk up the steep path to the houses make sure you walk back down the road where you can see the bricker up remains of tunnels where they used to deliver the coal.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Jeff Brown wrote a review Sep 2019
15 contributions1 helpful vote
Well-informed and engaging staff/volunteers made the visit. Adds interesting context to the rest of the gorge's stories. I hope the restoration continues as Dale House especially needs to find its purpose.
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Date of experience: August 2019
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ZWellington wrote a review Aug 2019
91 contributions42 helpful votes
We visited both houses as were lucky both were open. The lady in the earlier building gave us a great, informative talk around the building (only 3 rooms to see one of which is stripped bare) as they are still restoring it. The second, more modern building was on a well signposted route around- lots to see and lots to read. Both properties were very interesting to visit.
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Date of experience: August 2019
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