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Midland Railway, Butterley

         
Ripley Derbyshire England
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As soon as you enter Butterley Station you are transported back in time. The station building has been lovingly re created on its original site even down to the milk churns and egg boxes in the booking hall.

 


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Arkwright's Cromford Mill

      
Cromford Derbyshire England
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Visit Cromford Mills for a complete day out, the start of your journey exploring the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site.

Cromford Mills is the home of Sir Richard Arkwright's first water powered cotton spinning mill, birthplace of the modern factory system and internationally recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. What happened here at Cromford in the 1770's changed the world we live in today!

Join us for an unmissable journey to discover 250 years of history and get the real story of the industrial revolution, warts and all! Meet Sir Richard Arkwright himself in the stunning "Arkwright Experience" as our immersive show brings the great man to life. Hear him tell of his inventions, money and espionage as you enter his first mill, a must for any visitor to the area.
Follow one of our guided or audio tours as they reveal the stories behind the walls and discover just why this place is so important in our history of the industrial revolution. Be enthralled by the past as the buildings are brought to life, and learn more with our wonderful guides.
The site hosts a variety of visitor activities for your enjoyment including, gallery, shops, cafes, and exhibitions. Don't miss the chance to grab that unique gift or memento of your visit in one of the many shops found around the Mill:

The Mill Shop
Hartington Cheese Company
Quiltessential
Arkwright's Attic
Heritage Antiques
John Hermansen Pottery,
The Gallery
Cromford Antiques
Upcycled Creative

Our wonderful kitchens serve up delicious homemade food with a smile at both Arkwright's Cafe in the mill yard and the picturesque canal side Wheatcrofts Wharf restaurant. We offer mouth-watering seasonal dishes made from locally sourced ingredients and our team (including the resident ducks!) will always endeavor to make your visit special.

We have a fantastic events programme throughout 2018 including family fun weekends, lectures and off-site visits - be sure to check our Website to see what's on!

We're open every day of the year except Christmas Day and don't forget... KIDS GO FREE!!!

The Arkwright Society owns and manages Cromford Mills. It is an educational charity devoted to the rescue of industrial heritage buildings and helping to preserve the precious built and natural landscape in and around Cromford. www.cromfordmills.org.uk @CromfordMills 01629 823256
The Arkwright Society is a registered charity no. 515526
Cromford Mills are part of the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site.

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Strutt's North Mill

      
Belper Derbyshire England
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derby n mill 2017Belper stands at the heart of the Derwent Valley, which played a significant part in the Industrial Revolution.  The Derwent Valley Visitor Centre in Strutt's North Mill was set up to open a window on the history of the mills, cotton spinning and the town itself.

 
The Strutt family's association with Belper began with industrialist Jedediah. He had transformed the hosiery business with his invention of the Derby Rib, which allowed ribbed, that is stretchable, stocking fabric to be made on a hand-worked knitting frame. It was his realisation that high quality thread was needed for good hose which led him in 1776 to begin building cotton mills at Belper.
 
Jedediah and his sons went on to build more mills at Belper, although some have now been demolished. Built in 1804, the North Mill was built by Jedediah's son William, and was the forerunner of the modern skyscraper, and the most advanced industrial building of its time. The frame of the building is made entirely of cast iron. Now, trained guides are available to explain the construction of the building and the historic cotton spinning machinery it contains, or alternatively visitors are able to explore the Museum on their own.
 
To encourage families to move into Belper and work in their mills, the Strutts built high quality housing for their workers, and this is still to be seen today. The Strutts were benefactors to Belper for two centuries - one legacy to the town was the River Gardens, given by George Herbert Strutt in 1906, a water garden by the Derwent which still features band concerts on advertised summer Sundays.
 
The importance of the Belper mills and their historic industrial neighbours at Cromford, Darley Abbey and Derby was reflected by the World Heritage Site status given to the Derwent Valley Mills in 2001. Telephone the Derwent Valley Visitor Centre at Strutt's North Mill on 01773 880474 for details.
 
 
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Barrow Hill Roundhouse Railway Centre

         
Chesterfield Derbyshire England
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Steeped in Midland Railway history, the former steam Roundhouse was built in 1870 to house the locomotives that served the nearby Staveley Works.

Locomotive development and technology moved forward rapidly after the Second World War and the last of hundreds of steam locomotives which had worked from Barrow Hill finally left in 1965. They were replaced by diesels which hauled huge numbers of coal trains from the nearby North Derbyshire coalfields.

By the late 1980s, however, coal's future as a major fuel source was in decline. The future looked bleak for the Barrow Hill depot and in 1991 British Rail decided to close it. On 9th February of that year the depot closed its doors and 121 years of continuous use finally came to an end.

And that would have been the end of the story, were it not for a group of dedicated railway preservationists led by Mervyn Allcock. They persuaded Chesterfield Borough Council to have the building listed to prevent its demolition. Chesterfield Council then purchased the site and organised the necessary major repairs before leasing it to the newly formed Barrow Hill Engine Shed Society.

Today, Barrow Hill attracts thousands of visitors to its special events, often featuring working steam and diesel locomotives. No visit would be complete without a ride on the train from the purpose-built station and platform, which is also used as the starting point or destination for excursion trains using the UK national rail network.

In 2016 the Roundhouse was awarded £1.2 million by the Heritage Lottery Fund for its exciting "Moving Forward" project...

All work to the Roundhouse building has been completed, including work to repair the wall cap and install flashing, clean and paint all the roof steelwork and the internal walls and renew the external lime mortar pointing where needed.

The new entrance building is complete, new signage has been installed at the car park entrance and provision for disabled parking has been made in the new car park. The learning and meeting area of the Roundhouse is also finished. The existing blue brick floor has been lifted, underfloor heating installed and the floor replaced. The low ceiling has been removed and replaced with a new higher level ceiling and a projector and screen installed for use by school groups and other meetings. Storage, coat hooks and 'bag bins' for schools have been provided. A timeline display depicting the life of the immediate area and the Roundhouse, in relation to historic events, is now in place along with some large black and white images taken from the Roundhouse collection.

 


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Telephone 01246 472450
www.barrowhill.org

 

 

 

Highfields Happy Hens

         
Etwall Derbyshire England
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All the fun of the farm at your finger tips!  


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erewash museum

Erewash Museum is our very own local and social history museum located on High Street, Ilkeston; with exhibitions and displays reflecting the history of the Erewash Borough.

Home for the Museum is a late Georgian house with Victorian extensions. It was both a family home and school accommodation before becoming a museum in the 1980's.

Many original features remain and visitors can enjoy the garden with unrivalled views across the Erewash Valley.

We are open Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday 10am 4pm (last entry at 3.30pm). During school holidays, with the exception of Christmas and bank holiday Mondays, we are open Monday Saturday 10am 4pm.

New tea room open 11am to 3pm

Admission to the museum is free.