…so, it is the Council who can STOP you doing anything, but they lack the resources to START much- Unlike most English historic villages, Cromford is still a bit of a MESS – noisy and fumey, traffic-dominated, lots of bad-taste renovations. Much of the stone quarried in Derbyshire comes out through the village, a transport bottleneck at least since Roman times.That, to simplify a bit, is what SCARTHIN means, a “narrow gap between the rocks”. This bookshop can’t grumble – accessibilty allows us to live!
Arkwright’s Masson Mill
So, Cromford has been one of the last villages in or near the Peak to go “up-market”, but it has finally followed Middleton-by-Wirksworth into desirability…and, actually, WHAT a place to live! Where else boasts river, canal, road and rail; limestone and gritstone; meadow and moor; woods and cliffs – and services including chemist, butcher, baker, grocer,hardware shop, three pubs, a club, two garages, two hotel/conference centres – there are at least a dozen places where you can eat and a major table-tennis club! Just around the corner a later but grander Arkwright mill, Masson, is claimed by Matlock Bath parish, while Bonsall claims the Via Gellia Mills, just up the valley, the nameplace of “viyella” winter-warms and now a thriving hive of small craftsmen. Masson Mill clocked up 200 years of spinning before being sold and with the help of a big grant, and a multi-storey car park, has bee transformed into a ‘shopping mall, with a working museum that (as with all museums) not enough people visit.’.
For more information try: The Life of Richard Arkwright
Some Arkwright sources
- Cromford Guide. (Bayles, Freda & Ede, Janet) 24cm.44. 27ill.3M. Paperback. Scarthin Books: Sep 94. 3.50 0 907758 76 2 (Whitaker UK)
- Strutts and the Arkwrights, 1758-1830. (Fitton, R.S. & Wadsworth, A.P.) 22cm.xli,361. Ill.tabs.M. facsim. of 1958e. Cloth. Kelley: Dec 69. 26.00 (at 09/96) 0 678 06758 9 (Whitaker UK)
- Samuel Oldknow and the Arkwrights: Industrial Revolution at Stockport and Marple. With Chapters by Arthur Hulme and George Taylor. (Unwin, G.) 22cm.xxii,259. Ill.M. facsim. of 1924e. Cloth. Kelley: Dec 69. 25.00 (at 09/96) 0 678 06767 8 (Whitaker UK)