Cromford Mill

Mill Rd, Cromford, Matlock DE4 3RQ, United Kingdom

Former Use: Cotton spinning mill / colour pigment manufacturing
New Use: Visitor centre, art gallery, retail and restaurants
Category: Commerce/retail, Culture, HoReCa, Recreation
Reuse Architect: Developer: The Arkwright Society (Building Preservation Trust)
Construction year(s): 1771 - 1791
Reuse year(s): 1980 - 2020


Cromford Mills is a multi-use visitor centre, office space and learning venue which is the centrepiece of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Derwent Valley Mills - once the home of the world's first water-powered cotton spinning mill, developed by Richard Arkwright in 1771 in Cromford, Derbyshire, England. The mill structure is classified as a Grade I listed building, it was first classified in June 1950.[1] The multi-use venue is also home to shops, galleries, restaurants and cafes.

Relevant Literature:

  1. Stratton, M. 2003. Industrial Buildings: Conservation and Regeneration, London, Taylor & Francis , p. 181
  2. Pragnell, H. J. 2000. Industrial Britain: An Architectural History, Ellipsis London PressLtd, p.78-813.

Added on 2018-05-21 by editor Dora Chatzi Rodopoulou