Cromford Mill is a great place to visit when exploring accessible Derbyshire. With its interesting history, this World Heritage Site has a cafe, shops and lots to see and do. Opposite the mill is the Wheatcrofts cafe with level access and a great location situated next to the Cromford Canal. Cromford mill are proud to announce they have a Changing Places toileting facility situated in the car park. This Changing Places facility is also perfect for people visiting the surrounding area such as Matlock Bath.
Cromford Mill was the first water-powered cotton spinning mill developed by Richard Arkwright in 1771 in Cromford, Derbyshire, England, which laid the foundation of his fortune and was quickly copied by mills in Lancashire, Germany and the United States. It forms the centrepiece of the Derwent Valley Mills, now a World Heritage Site.
The Arkwright Society 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.
It was formed in 1972, growing out of the Arkwright Festival Committee which ran a local celebration. This commemorated the bicentenary of Sir Richard Arkwright’s first Cromford Mill and the construction of the world’s first successful water powered cotton spinning mill in 1771.
From the beginning, the Society has been engaged in the practical conservation of industrial monuments (notably in Lumsdale, Ashford, Cromford and Slinter Wood), in publishing, and educational activities. It has also helped countless numbers of people access training and work, and transformed Cromford Mill from a derelict site doomed to demolition to one of World Heritage Status, employing over 100 staff in numerous small businesses. The Society has adopted its own green code and is actively involved in recycling waste materials.
The Arkwright Society purchased the mill site in 1979 as an act of rescue and in the early 1980s began to implement its long-term economic plan. The strategy identified the buildings that were not required for the Society’s own uses and so could be repaired and leased to tenants. The aim was to create a rental income to cross subsidise the Society’s overheads and the costs of delivering services to the general public visiting the site.
In the early 1990s the Society developed further income streams from a restaurant and shops run by its trading arm, Cromford Mill Limited. With more than £5 million raised and spent, many of the buildings have been brought back into economic use and the site now has two restaurants, several meeting rooms, office accommodation for rental, a gallery and several shops.
The Arkwright Society is a registered charity No 515526. It is also an amenity society registered with the Civic Trust.
The development and growth of the Society would not have been possible without the active support and funding of several organisations.
From the 1st May until September, Wheatcrofts will be open from 10 til 8.45 every Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday.
In the evenings, food will be served from 6.30 to 8.00
The Arkwright Society Ltd, Registered Company No 1630237, is a registered charity (No 515526) concerned with Education and the conservation of Industrial Heritage. Registered Office: The Arkwright Society, Cromford Mills, Mill Lane, Cromford, Matlock, Derbyshire DE4 3RQ.
Cromford Mill is part of the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site.
The Arkwright Society is a Building Preservation Trust and is a member of the UK Association of Preservation Trusts (APT). As a Building Preservation Trust, the Society is driven by local communities for local communities and is focused on breathing new life into old buildings, acting as a catalyst for social and economic regeneration and demonstrating best practice in design and conservation work.
The Arkwright Society,
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