Strutt's North Mill, Belper

Visit to Strutt's North Mill, Belper

Discover how the Strutt family turned Belper from a small hamlet to a thriving industrial community.

Cotton spinning was carried out on the Belper Mills site for over 200 hundred years, from c 1776 when Jedediah Strutt’s first ‘South Mill’ came into operation, to the early 1990s when the English Sewing Company finally closed down the modern spinning operations in East Mill.

Strutt’s first ‘North Mill’, a timber-framed building , was completed in 1786. Fire was a major hazard for early cotton factories. Cotton fibre filled the atmosphere, lighting was by candle or oil lamp, machinery had to be oiled constantly and some processes involved metal parts beating against each other and creating sparks. North Mill burned down in 1803, uninsured.

Jedediah’s son William Strutt was directly involved in designing the replacement mill which houses the museum today. He brought in a number of innovations including an iron ‘fire-proof’ frame. This was widely copied and became a template for modern skyscraper engineering.

The Mill now displays and explains with original and replica machinery, the history of cotton spinning, framework knitting, hosiery (the renowned Brettles collection), chevening and nail-making.

Meet at Midday

I have arranged for a guided tour of the Mill and may need to adjust the start time slightly nearer the time to accommodate that, depending on numbers.

The tour takes about 1 hour and begins with a short 10 minute video. Afterwards we will be taken round the museum by one of their experienced guides who will be able to answer any questions we may have as well as giving us an informative and enjoyable tour.



Admission:  £3.50

When we've  explored the mill and museum, we can take  a stroll in the nearby River Gardens, - where you can hire a row boat, enjoy an ice cream and feed the ducks :-)

These riverside gardens have been giving visitors a place to stretch their legs and view the River Derwent for over 100 years.

In 1905, former mill owner George Herbert Strutt agreed for the river above Belper Weir to be used for recreational boating. A boathouse and landing stage were built on a island previously used to grow willows to make baskets for use in the mill.

The boating events were exceeding popular and the River Gardens were extended and new additions such as the Swiss Tea Rooms and the promenade were added.

This is August Bank Holiday Monday

(c) Derby Sociables - July 2014

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  • Derek

    Very convenient for me and very interestingly presented.

    August 25

  • Russ

    Excellent afternoon. Even the rain didn't dampen it! Thanks Steve.

    1 · August 25

  • graham d.

    Great day steve ,thanks for putting it on.

    1 · August 25

  • Ady

    great get together. thanks Steve.
    me and Steve G solved the planets problems..

    1 · August 25

    • Steve

      I think you would have needed longer than an afternoon to do that :-)

      August 25

  • Louise

    Great day out. Thanks Steve

    1 · August 25

  • Denise

    Very good

    August 25

  • Diane

    Good tour

    August 25

  • Richard H.

    Very interesting tour and good company.

    1 · August 25

  • Richard H.

    Very interesting tour and good company.

    August 25

  • Anne h.

    Sorry i am late posting this but i have been asleep and only just woke up. Feel too ill to come. Don't seem to be able to change my rsvp to no.

    August 25

  • JILL

    I hope I can join you Steve- I still haven't been and I only live up the road! If I don't go away for the weeknd I will be there. Will let you know later if that's ok?

    July 18

    • Steve

      Hi Jill. That's fine, just RSVP when you know for sure :-)

      July 18

    • JILL

      Hi Steve, sorry for the late reply but I will be able to join you later. See you at the mill :-)

      1 · August 25

  • Denise

    Steve, is it to late to join this meet up?

    August 24

    • Steve

      No that''s fine. See you tomorrow :-)

      August 24

  • Steve

    I have confirmed the tour for this event.

    The tour will take about 1 hour and begins with a short 10 minute video. Afterwards we will be taken round the museum by one of their experienced guides who will be able to answer any questions we may have as well as giving us an informative and enjoyable tour It will be useful to have an rough idea of numbers by the weekend before :-)

    July 24

  • shelley

    Would really like to attend this event steve. At present i'm away over the bank holiday but if it changes i will def be coming :-)

    1 · July 19

  • Andrew O B.

    Hi Steve, sorry I can't join you for this , would have , as been meaning to visit for ages, as I have a keen interest in Cromford Mills and Styal Mill in Cheshire. Unfortunately its my mums 70th Birthday, so I have prior commitments, but hope you all enjoy!

    July 18

    • Steve

      Hi Andrew. No problem ...enjoy your party :-)

      July 18

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