Monday, 27 September 2010

Visiting the Mills at Matlock Bath

As part of our project on the Industrial Revolution we had a visit to Cromford Mill, which was the world’s first successful water powered cotton spinning mill and built in 1771 by Sir Richard Arkwright.
 This bridge pre-dates the mill and was used for traffic across the River Derwent. It is really quite narrow when you are stood on it and we were all quite amazed at how anything as big as a lorry would have gotten across it. The children are stood in front of the first mill which was five stories high.
 This was the Gothic Warehouse next to Cromford Canal.
 The girls wanted to stand on the same spot as a member of the royal family once did. This was where an original water wheel was, it is now being restored but you could see the grooves where it once fitted.
 This was quite a steep walk up to the Scarthin Rock viewpoint. Below you can see the mill from the Rock.
 And back down we go......
They had some lovely little shops in the mill, my favourite was the quilting shop, it had rows of gorgeous fabric and idea's for quilts. The kids favourite was the charity shop where they bought some books and magazines!
 Sharing our lunch with the ducks on Cromford Canal. They were so timid, they took the bread right out of the children's hands!

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