What’s On At Cromford Mills

Cromfordmills.water Cromford mills

Wednesday 11th October

10am-12noon

KNIT AND NATTER

Location: Arkwright’s Café

FREE ENTRY

Join us for a morning of knitting and nattering. This drop in session is suitable for anyone who wants to knit, learn to knit or just fancies a chat!

For further details please visit www.cromfordmills.org.uk or phone 01629 823256.


Thursday 12th October

7pm (includes cheese and wine 7pm-7:30pm)

ARKWRIGHT SOCIETY LECTURE SERIES: THE LESSER KNOWN HOUSES OF DERBYSHIRE – FROM CROMWELL TO CRITCHLOW: THE STORY OF WINGFIELD MANOR

Location: Gothic Warehouse (ground floor)

Cost: £7.50 (Limited places, advance booking recommended. Priority booking for Arkwright Society members, public booking opens on 28th September)

Join Gregory Monks from English Heritage as he tells the fascinating story of Wingfield Manor and the people who lived there – starting with the builder, Ralph de Cromwell, a key minister in the government of Henry VI in the period leading up to the Wars of the Roses. It was home to Bess of Hardwick and Arbella Stuart, and prison to Mary, Queen of Scots. It was fought over in the Civil War, slighted by Parliament, and declined in its latter days to a romantic ruin. It has been sketched and painted by Turner, visited by Dickens and long since been home to a family of tenant farmers who are the present owners of the property.

For further details and ticket bookings please visit www.cromfordmills.org.uk or phone 01629 823256. 


The Discovery Days Festival (Saturday 14th – Sunday 29th October) celebrates the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site with activities taking place all along the valley from Derby to Matlock Bath. For further details of all events visit: www.derwentvalleymills.org/discovery-days or phone 01629 536831. 

Discovery Days Events taking place at Cromford Mills 

Sunday 15th October

10am-4pm

GEORGIAN GAMES

Location: Mill Yard

FREE ENTRY

Join in with a selection of Georgian games suitable for all the family. Learn about the history of the games including skittles, quoits and chess.

For further details please visit www.cromfordmills.org.uk or phone 01629 823256.


Sunday 15th October

10am-4pm

HEALTH AND HYGIENE IN GEORGIAN TIMES

Location: Mill Yard

FREE ENTRY

Discover all about health and hygiene in Georgian times – or rather the lack of it! – with illustrated displays.

For further details please visit www.cromfordmills.org.uk or phone 01629 823256.


Sunday 15th October

11am-4pm

ARKWRIGHT SPINSTERS

Location: Gothic Warehouse

FREE ENTRY

The Arkwright Spinsters will be demonstrating spinning and fibre crafting and sharing their skills. Bring your own spinning wheel and learn to spin, or learn with group equipment by prior arrangement.

For further details please visit www.cromfordmills.org.uk or phone 01629 823256.


Tuesday 17th October

7pm (includes cheese and wine 7pm-7:30pm)

FROM SMALL SPA TO INLAND RESORT – A TALK

Location: Gothic Warehouse (ground floor)

Cost: £7.50 (Limited places, advance booking recommended)

In 1755 the spa at Matlock Bath was described as …’between the gay Flutter and Extravagance of Bath and Tunbridge and the dull, dirty lifeless Aspect of Buxton and Epsom; abounding with everything which leads to Health and rational Pleasure’. 150 years later J B Firth lamented ‘the debasing influence of the day tripper is everywhere visible…It is a wanton outrage’. Trace Matlock Bath’s story in this illustrated talk by Doreen Buxton.

For further details and ticket bookings please visit www.cromfordmills.org.uk or phone 01629 823256.


Thursday 19th October

7pm (includes cheese and wine 7pm-7:30pm)

A HISTORY OF THE EAST MIDLANDS KNITTING INDUSTRY

Location: Gothic Warehouse (ground floor)

Cost: £7.50 (Limited places, advance booking recommended)

Discover the history of the knitting industry from earliest times up to the present day. This talk by Colin Moss shows how the East Midlands played a pivotal role in the industry and how today’s worldwide knitting industry has its foundations in technology developed in the East Midlands. The talk uses as examples historic buildings, some of the knitting machines on show at various museums together with some very modern machines in use in today’s knitting industry. Colin also describes the related social history of the “stockingers” who were the foundation of the knitting industry up until mid-Victorian times.

For further details and ticket bookings please visit www.cromfordmills.org.uk or phone 01629 823256.


Saturday 21st October

10:30am-1pm

FROM SMALL SPA TO INLAND RESORT – A WALK

Location: Meet at The Shop in the Yard

Cost: £5 (Limited places, advance booking recommended)

Enjoy a walk around Matlock Bath with Doreen Buxton to find traces of its story. The outward journey is mainly along pavements. The return will be beside the river along Lover’s Walk and via Willersley Castle to Cromford.

For further details and ticket bookings please visit www.cromfordmills.org.uk or phone 01629 823256.


Sunday 22nd October

10am-1pm

A WALK TO FLORENCE NIGHTINGALE’S SEAT

Location: Meet outside the Shop in the Yard

Cost: £5 (Limited places, advance booking recommended)

A five mile walk from the mill, along the Cromford Canal to Lea Wood and back. In Lea Wood look at evidence of early industrial activity and rest on Florence Nightingale’s seat before returning.

For further details and ticket bookings please visit www.cromfordmills.org.uk or phone 01629 823256.


Wednesday 25th October

7pm (includes cheese and wine 7pm-7:30pm)

THE NOTTINGHAM TO MELTON RAILWAY

Location: Gothic Warehouse (ground floor)

Cost: £7.50 (Limited places, advance booking recommended)

The Nottingham to Melton Mowbray Railway is a section of the former Midland Main Line. Most of the line is now used as the Old Dalby Test Track, home of the 1984 nuclear flask crash, test bed for the Advanced Passenger Train (APT) and the Virgin Pendolino, and widely used by our local rolling stock manufacturer, Bombardier. This fully illustrated talk covering from 1872 to the present day, contains a wealth of local history including the iron ore industry, holidays by rail, and the communities it joined up. Colin Aldworth has been researching the history of the line for nearly thirty years and his book has been described by the British National Archives as a ‘definitive piece of research’.

For further details and ticket bookings please visit www.cromfordmills.org.uk or phone 01629 823256.


Friday 27th October

10am-12:30pm

A LEISURELY STROLL AROUND CROMFORD

Location: Meet outside the Shop in the Yard

Cost: £5 (Limited places, advance booking recommended)

A four mile walk around some of parts that you may not have noticed before. From the Mill we will visit Rock House, Intake Lane, North Street, Alabaster Lane, the two Corn Mills, St Mary’s and the river bridge, before returning to the Mill.

For further details and ticket bookings please visit www.cromfordmills.org.uk or phone 01629 823256.


Saturday 28th October

11am-1pm

CROMFORD PHOTOGRAPHY WALK

Location: Meet outside the Shop in the Yard

Cost: £5 (Limited places, advance booking recommended)

Bring your camera and join photographer Helen Chester LRPS on a guided walk around Cromford. Visit Cromford Mills, St Mary’s Church, the canal wharf and the village as your guide takes you off the beaten track and offers advice on getting the best shots. During the walk there will be opportunities for landscape photography and architectural shots of historic buildings. There will also be the opportunity to look inside some of the buildings.

For further details and ticket bookings please visit www.cromfordmills.org.uk or phone 01629 823256.


Saturday 28th October, 2pm-3:30pm

Sunday 29th October, 11:30am-1pm

A TOUR OF CROMFORD VILLAGE INCLUDING A MILLWORKERS’ HOUSE

Location: Meet outside the Shop in the Yard

Cost: £5 (Limited places, advance booking recommended)

Join Jill Banks and follow in the footsteps of hundreds of mill workers with a walk into Cromford village to see and hear more about daily life and Sir Richard Arkwright’s entrepreneurial ideas. There will be the opportunity to visit one of Arkwright’s original houses on North Street and to take a look inside, as well as finding out more about the bear-pit, lock-up, allotments, and the Greyhound pond.

For further details and ticket bookings please visit www.cromfordmills.org.uk or phone 01629 823256.


Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th October

10am-4pm

FAMILY FUN:

For further details please visit www.cromfordmills.org.uk or phone 01629 823256.


 Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th October

10am-4pm (Sat) 11am-4pm (Sun)

ST MARY’S CHURCH – OPEN WEEKEND

Location: St Mary’s Church, Cromford

FREE but donations welcome. (Refreshments will be served.)

Visit St Mary’s – Arkwright’s church in Cromford, originally built as a chapel for the Arkwright family. It was later Gothicised and contains murals by renowned Victorian artist Alfred Octavius Hemming. Visitors will also be able to enjoy organ recitals by Philip Tew and Paul Nash from 11:30am-12:30pm and 2pm-3pm.

For further details please visit www.cromfordmills.org.uk or phone 01629 823256.


Sunday 29th October

2-4pm

A WALK DOWN THROUGH THE LUMSDALE VALLEY

Location: Meet at the layby opposite Highfields Upper School car park entrance, Upper Lumsdale, DE4 5NA. Please park in Upper Lumsdale and not at the bottom of the Valley.

Cost: £3 – Limited places, advance booking required on 01629 823256.

A leisurely guided one mile walk down through this wooded gorge of outstanding natural beauty, exploring the stone mill ruins, ponds and waterfalls that make up this unique historical site. Please note the route down the Valley involves some steep steps and uneven paths which can be muddy and slippery. Please wear suitable footwear with a good grip. Walking poles are also recommended.

For further details and ticket bookings please visit www.cromfordmills.org.uk or phone 01629 823256.


Wednesday 8th November

10am-12noon

KNIT AND NATTER

Location: Arkwright’s Café

FREE ENTRY

Join us for a morning of knitting and nattering. This drop in session is suitable for anyone who wants to knit, learn to knit or just fancies a chat!

For further details please visit www.cromfordmills.org.uk or phone 01629 823256.


Thursday 9th November

7pm (includes cheese and wine 7pm-7:30pm)

ARKWRIGHT SOCIETY LECTURE SERIES: THE LESSER KNOWN HOUSES OF DERBYSHIRE – SUTTON SCARSDALE HALL AND THE ARKWRIGHTS

Location: Gothic Warehouse (ground floor)

Cost: £7.50 (Limited places, advance booking recommended. Priority booking for members, public booking opens on 26th October)

Sutton Scarsdale estate was bought by the younger Richard Arkwright of Willersley Castle in 1824 for his son Robert, who had married Frances Crawford Kemble of the famous Newcastle acting family. Frances became the centre of a social circle which included the 6th Duke of Devonshire. Paul Halksworth discusses the social life of Robert and Frances, as well as successive inheritors of the estate. The last owner of the Sutton Scarsdale estate, William Arkwright sold it in 1919, the Hall being reduced to a roofless shell. The Hall, saved from total destruction by Sir Osbert Sitwell, is now owned by English Heritage.

For further details and ticket bookings please visit www.cromfordmills.org.uk or phone 01629 823256.


END OF RELEASE

Courtney Wright – Arkwright Society 01629 823256 events@arkwrightsociety.org.uk


About the Arkwright Society
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

About the Heritage Lottery Fund
Thanks to National Lottery players, we invest money to help people across the UK explore, enjoy and protect the heritage they care about – from the archaeology under our feet to the historic parks and buildings we love, from precious memories and collections to rare wildlife. www.hlf.org.uk @heritagelottery

Sir Richard Arkwright’s Cromford Mills, Mill Lane, Cromford,
Matlock, Derbyshire, DE4 3RQ
The Arkwright Society is a registered charity no. 515526
Cromford Mills are part of the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site