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Cromford canal

It was at Cromford that Sir Richard Arkwright established his first (and the world's first) water - powered cotton - spinning mill in 1769, the river Derwent providing an ample power supply. The original mill survives, minus its top two storeys, and is open to the public daily. In partnership with Jedediah Strutt his business became so successful he built a model village with a church, a hotel for travellers, a market place, a lock - up and accommodation for his workers. These older terraced houses are mostly 3 - storied, the upper floor used by stocking - knitting frame workers, and have inter - connecting doors creating galleries where operatives could quickly go to the aid of their colleagues. (photo right - Cromford mill, photo left - Cromford canal)

Cromford mill

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Dannah Farm Country House

...about 5 miles from Cromford on the southern fringes of The Peak District. Discover rooms with double spa baths, four-poster beds and spiral staircases leading from private sitting rooms to romantic beamed bedrooms above.

....the Spa Leisure Cabin is bookable for exclusive use by day along with any bedroom. It features an enormous outdoor Canadian spa hot tub, a Finnish sauna, double steam shower and luxurious living space.

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New Bath Hotel

about 1/2 a mile from Cromford, set in 5 acres of grounds overlooking Derwent Gorge in Matlock Bath.

...the Regency-style hotel has an outdoor pool and an indoor heated plunge pool, both fed by natural thermal springs.

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Cromford pond

Arkwright was also one of the instigators of the Cromford Canal, the then most efficient means of carrying goods from this mineral - rich area. Although only navigable a few miles today, the canal became the important link with the East Midlands and the rest of the countrywide canal network. Fed partly by a culvert draining old lead mines beyond Cromford, the canal also relied on water pumped from the river Derwent. The steam - operated Leawood Pump - house with its distinctive chimney is now restored and is run on advertised days. The preserved Cornish - type beam engine is the last surviving plunger pump in the country and is worth a visit on a "steaming" day. (photo right - Cromford village square, photo left - Cromford pond)

Cromford village square

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