Derwent Valley Mills

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Paul F
Chesterfield, UK1,827 contributions
Impressive grand old Mill
Sep 2020
The Mill size is really quite impressive and makes you realise the sheer size of this once bustling industry. The old water ways can be viewed that would have been used to control the different lay belts to operate machinery within.

Pleasant to stroll in the river side park afterwards.
Written September 7, 2020
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Angie C
Alton, UK28 contributions
Fantastic museum
Sep 2019 • Couples
The museum at the bottom of this mill is very interesting and is manned by 2 well informed gentlemen. We had a wonderfully informative talk by one of them regarding the different weaving machines, a wicked looking cleaning machine - which has probably been the cause of many an accident and the carding machines. This was followed by the other man showing and telling us about the boilers and the beautiful steam engine that provides the power.
There are then floors of shops to look around , along with a restaurant. The only down side to this was that dogs are only allowed in the museum, not that we wanted to go shopping, but it would have been nice to either have been able to take the dog into an area of the restaurant or to have been able to buy items to take outside to eat. There's plenty of room to put a covered area for those with dogs to remain in the dry for a drink. As so many tourists in the area have dogs with them, this mill is missing out on their custom.
Written September 12, 2019
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Angela H
Derby, UK557 contributions
feedback for excellence
Jun 2019 • Couples
Lovely old mills the Derwent valley formed a great history for this area of Belper and the mills now sports lovely old antiquities over 4 floors of the old mill adequate free parking, some old machinery still in situ.
Written June 12, 2019
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PatriciaDE24
Derbyshire, UK196 contributions
Historic Interest
Aug 2017 • Couples
Very interesting place with lots of historic significance for the surrounding area. John Smedley is an iconic brand and it is well worth visiting their factory and shop.
Written August 28, 2017
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Andykeithharris
Reading, UK214 contributions
Interesting Record of our Industrial heritage
Aug 2017 • Friends
An interesting World Heritage Site, that illustrates the early years of the industrial revolution spread throughout the Derwent Valley, well worth a visit for people of all ages. Several of the sites have restaurants and tea rooms providing reasonable value for money food. Lots to see so worth planning the day before visiting.
Written August 26, 2017
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swpratt
London, UK707 contributions
Great mill shop to buy john smedley woollens
Feb 2017 • Family
A bit out of matlock you will find the pretty buildings of john smedleys mill with its lovely bridged room with its iconic clock.
We just went to buy the knitwear which is all john smedley and all top quality and fantastic value. On the clearance rack I bought 3 quality mens tops for about £12 each!
In London - much much more. So much more.
Great service and friendly staff made this a nice shopping experience in beautiful surroundings.
Written February 15, 2017
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beantony15
Kyneton, Australia199 contributions
Valley at the heart of the industrial revolution
Aug 2015 • Couples
The rushing waters of the Derwent River as it plunged 15 miles through its narrow valley provided the power that drove some of the earliest mills of the industrial revolution. Here you can see the famous mills built by Richard Arkwright, John Smedley and William Strutt, the village Arkwright built at Cromford for his millworkers, the industrial Cromford canal, a steam-powered pumphouse and the Derby Museum and Art Gallery. Some of the mills still have working machinery and shops selling their knitwear and textiles.
Written July 28, 2016
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NomDG
London, UK95 contributions
Closed on weekdays in winter
Dec 2015
Drove an hour to visit Belper North Mill and found that it's closed on weekdays during winter, and the museum at Masson Mill is closed all winter. This is a world heritage site, and frankly I find it to be a bit of national embarrassment that we can't even keen a museum open for such a historically significant site. The valley itself is pretty and the outdoor view of the mills is impressive - a bit of a shame again though that most of them are now shopping centres. No doubt the only way to make them profitable...
Written December 17, 2015
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CUMBRIAVIEW
Conwy, UK2,815 contributions
Spontanious Visit So , So Pleased that we did, Brilliant.
Jan 2014 • Couples
We were staying in Derby and my wife noticed Belper River Gardens and Strutt Mill Complex and suggested that we visit?
We Did and Very pleased that we did.
It was a lovely day for January, Warm and bright and we parked in a small car park which was free
The Museum wasn't open so we just decided to have a little stroll around
They say a picture is worth a thousand words so Please have a look at the ones that we took of the area and if you like one, Well maybe you can just tick the box that says like.
Thanks for looking
Written January 28, 2014
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Shovel6
Alfreton, UK31 contributions
The only World Heritage site in the East Midlands
Apr 2012 • Friends
This is a linear site starting on the northern outskirts of the city of Derby and ending and the southern end of Matlock Bath. The birthplace of the factory system that did so much to change the world for good or ill depending on your point of view. Many of the mill buildings remain at Darley Abbey, Milford, Belper and Cromford all with differing attractions and retail offerings. The valley itself has some fantastic scenery and has other attactions close by.
Written May 25, 2012
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