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Cromford Pond, Chapel Hill and Scarthin

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Canal boat Birdswood goes into service.

Photos from Celebrating Cromford 2013 - 2012 - 2011 - 2010 - 2009 - 2008 - 2007 - 2006 - 2005     More photos on of Celebrating Cromford 2012 and 2011

See Celebrating Cromford website for more Celebrating news and photos

Cromford is a village in the county of Derbyshire in the East Midlands of England, on the southern edge of the Peak District.  It has a population of 1,669 (in 1991). Situated just off the A6 trunk road, the village is 17 miles north of Derby, and about 20 minutes drive from the M1 motorway. The nearest towns are Matlock and Wirksworth.

Cromford is well known through its connection with Sir Richard Arkwright, who established a water powered cotton spinning mill here in 1771.

  Cromford is set in a valley, surrounded by wooded hills and cliffs, bordered by the River Derwent to the east and vast quarries to the west. There are many paths and trails giving extensive views of the village and beyond.
Cromford is a sturdy, stone built village, cut through by the busy Cromford Hill road and the A6. Although at first sight not a 'pretty' village, it has a charm of its own, with much to surprise and please the visitor.
Some cottages and farm buildings pre-date Arkwright's time, but a large part of the village was built to house the mill workers. They were provided with shops, pubs, chapels and a school.
The 20th century saw the development of council and private housing, while the growth of Dene Quarry changed the face of Cromford for ever.
  In recent years Cromford has lost some of its long standing traditions and familiar landmarks have changed.
The Carnival and fair are no longer held.
The Cromford Steam Rally, originally held on Cromford Meadows, now takes place at Brackenfield, although still retaining its name.
The Masson Mill in Matlock Bath, which provided employment for many Cromford people, closed and is now a shopping village and museum.
The Blacksmith's shop on the Market Place re-opened in 1999 as three separate units, while Howards Bakery closed on March 31st 2006, and has been converted to shops and flats.
Cromford Mill was last in use as a Colour Works, but is now a Visitor Centre owned and run by the Arkwright Society, with a variety of shops and businesses occupying the old buildings.

"Celebrating Cromford", a weekend festival celebrating the village and the talents of the people who live here, started in June 2005 and has become an annual event.

In December 2001 a 15 mile corridor from Masson Mill in Matlock Bath to the Silk Mill in Derby and including the mills in Cromford, Milford, Belper and Darley Abbey was declared the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site after the Government's nomination of the area to UNESCO for World Heritage status was approved in Helsinki.
The Arkwright Society began the campaign for the award, which recognises the part played in the area during the Industrial Revolution with its far reaching effects around the world.

Cromford is also on the route of the Derwent Valley Heritage Way, which was officially opened by the late Duke of Devonshire on 3 April 2003.
The walking trail extends for 55 miles from Ladybower Reservoir to Shardlow and runs through fields, woods, by river, canal and road. Leaflets are available.

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Links to other sites

    Sites about Cromford

  • Alison Uttley Society      Promoting interest in the life and work of Alison Uttley 1884-1976.
  • Arkwright Society      Working to restore Cromford Mill and other local projects.
  • Bow Wood     A photographic record of Bow Wood at Lea Bridge through the seasons.
  • Cromford Canal      The Friends of Cromford Canal - its history, photographs, guides etc.
  • Cromford Station Waiting Room      The history and renovation of the upside waiting room.
  • Cromford Steam Rally Society      Started in 1970, CSR is one of the largest in the country
  • Crooker: A Cromford folktale       A tale about Cromford found on an American website.
  • DaleDiva      The new ladies Chorus based in Cromford.
  • Good Luck Mine      A unique survival of a typical Derbyshire lead mine on Via Gellia.
  • Rose End Nature Reserve      Web site about the local nature reserve.
  • Scarthin bookshop      Cromford's famous new and secondhand bookshop.

    Other sites with references to Cromford

  • ArtsDerbyshire     The source of What's On in Derbyshire, managed by the local authorities.
  • The Bonsall History Project     The story of Bonsall, one of Cromford's neighbouring villages.
  • Denis Judd     Historian, writer, lecturer. Biogropher of Alison Uttley and editor of her diaries.
  • derbyphotos      Andy Savage's site has many photographs of Cromford.
  • Derbyshire Sundials     A growing record of Derbyshire sundials and their locations.

  • Discover Derbyshire  Denis Eardley's site, based on walks he wrote for the Derby Telegraph
  • Ecclesbourne Valley Railway   The re-opened railway runs from Wirksworth to Duffield.
  • Ecclesbourne Valley Railway film location   The railway has appeared on film and TV.
  • Florence Nightingale   American folk singer Joe McDonald's tribute to this local heroine.

  • Julie Woodhouse   A portfolio of photographs, with images of Derbyshire including Cromford.
  • Peak District View   Panoramic photographs of the Peak District and Derbyshire.
  • Susanna Davis   Hand crafted baltic linen.
  • Wirksworth community site   A new site for Wirksworth created by local people.

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