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.