Cromford - Heritage Day

A visit to Cromford to discover some of Derbyshire's industrial heritage.

Guided Tour of Cromford Mills

Cromford Mills, Mill Road, Cromford. - Cost £3.50

Step back in time with a one hour tour of the main mill complex and exhibition, to when Sir Richard Arkwright pioneered the world's first successful water powered cotton spinning mill.

Open Houses: No 10 and 16 North Street and The Old School Master’s House

Come and visit two of the oldest purpose–built workers industrial houses in the world! North Street was built in 1776 by Richard Arkwright to house his new mill workers. We have two of these houses open, one owned by buildings preservation charity the Landmark Trust and normally let for holidays, and one privately owned, as well as the school master’s house built, along with the school, by Richard Arkwright Junior in 1832. All three properties will be open as drop-ins, but numbers entering the properties at any one time will be limited due to steep stairs.

Steam Heritage - Leawood Pumphouse

See a powerful part of history in action and visit this magnificent beam engine.

Leawood Pump is situated on the Cromford Canal.  It was built in 1849 to pump water from the River Derwent into the Cromford Canal.  Leawood Pump is now over 150 years old but remains in pristine condition thanks to the Middleton top Engine and Leawood Pump Group, which maintains and operates both beam engines.  Experience the power of this great steam engine as it pumps 4 tons of water into the canal with each piston stroke!

The Pumphouse is situated a pleasant one mile walk along the Cromford Canal from Cromford Mills. (If the weather is bad there is an option to drive to the Pumphouse!).

Charges: Leawood Pump is free but donations are gratefully received.

 

For those who want to, we will meet in Derby at 9.45am, so that we can leave cars and car share. Other than that, we will meet outside Cromford Mills at 11am.  Final meeting details will be e-mailed out the day before to those signed up for this event.

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  • Abi

    A great day out and well-organised as always, Steve. Really enjoyed myself so thank you! A few degrees warmer and it would have been perfect ;)

    November 4, 2013

  • Nicki

    Fab day thanks everyone for making my first meet up so enjoyable

    1 · November 3, 2013

  • Lynda T.

    great day and company cheers.

    November 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Very enjoyable, lovely people, thankyou :)

    November 2, 2013

  • Graham H.

    Another great meetup in great company.Thanks to Steve for organising.

    November 2, 2013

  • shelley

    Really enjoyed the day. So lovely to meet lovely people :-)

    November 2, 2013

  • Anne h.

    Sorry not able to attend now

    November 2, 2013

  • Ady

    Sorry Steve. Had to cry off this one. Eldest Daughter requires my services. Have a good day...

    November 1, 2013

    • Steve

      No worries. see you soon :-)

      November 1, 2013

  • Graham H.

    looking forward to meeting everyone

    November 1, 2013

  • Kevin......

    There's a bonfire party at Derby congs cricket ground (Brayfield Road, Littleover) on Saturday about 6pm start - if anyone's interested. Only got mobile phone app and can't put it on the site. Flipping viruses!

    November 1, 2013

  • graham d.

    Will meet you outside cromford mills 11am steve

    1 · November 1, 2013

  • shelley

    Hi steve i will meet the group there as i have a few things to do in the morning If anyone is going on public transport and needs a lift back to derby ur welcome to travel with me as i will have space.

    2 · November 1, 2013

  • Steve

    I have just e-mailed out the final details for tomorrow. If you haven't received it by this afternoon, please send me an e-mail and I will e-mail you a copy back :-)

    November 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I will meet you all there, as I can get there more easily from home than going to Derby. Where exactly will we be meeting at the Mill? Looking forward to it :)

    October 31, 2013

  • Chetna

    Sorry I can't make it, Diwali weekend. Love Cromford, enjoy :)

    October 31, 2013

  • Nicki

    This is just down the road from me so will see you there.

    October 31, 2013

  • Lynda T.

    Steve where will the meeting point be in Derby?

    October 30, 2013

    • Steve

      I will be e-mailing details round on Friday but probably the usual place :-)

      October 30, 2013

  • Judith

    Another interesting meet up! I would have loved to come to this, but I might be in Yorkshire, so can't say yes. :-(( Enjoy everyone!

    October 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Eeeeek, forgot it was my nieces party. Have a great day guys xx

    October 29, 2013

    • Steve

      Auntie Sarah nearly in bad books :-)

      October 29, 2013

  • Katie

    Sorry change of plan, have fun!

    October 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I may also add, that this will be a first DS meet for me...so please be gentle with me!

    October 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    As an industrial engineer, I have a keen interest in the evolution of industrialisation. I also played the part of Richard Arkwright in a stage production some years ago and so this adds to the personal interest.

    1 · October 28, 2013

  • Lynda T.

    maybe for me too

    October 7, 2013

    • Lynda T.

      I have now responded yes - but it is half term, so if dry may work- will keep you informed.

      October 16, 2013

  • Katie

    Maybe at the moment!

    September 29, 2013

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