Strutt's North Mill


(Derbyshire Attractions)


Bridgefoot
DE56 1YD
Belper
Derbyshire
England
01773 880474
www.belpernorthmill.org


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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