The Peak District – Cromford and the Arkwright Mills

As part of my mini series of videos exploring the Peak District, Kevin Hall and I have come to Cromford in Derbyshire. We are joined by Sue Blount who wishes to take us to Sir Richard Arkwaright’s famous mills and the original workers cottages in North Street where weavers lived and had looms in the attics.

Cromford is one of the significant sites in the development of the Industrial Revolution. Richard Arkwright built his cotton mill to make use of the water frame. Some cottages and farm buildings pre-date Arkwright’s time, but a large part of the village was built to house the mill workers. They were provided with shops, pubs, chapels and a school.

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