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Thursday, September 8, 2011

Masson Mills

Masson Mills in Matlock Bath was originally built by Sir Richard Arkwright in 1783 on the banks of the River Derwent in the Peak District of Derbyshire.

Masson Mills, Matlock

Since 1999 Masson Mills has been converted into a modern shopping centre, restaurants, a conference venue and industrial museum.

The red brick structure, which was built next to an existing paper mill, harnessed the water energy of the fast-flowing River Derwent to power Arkwright's spinning wheels.

This ground-breaking building was to become the model for other factories in the UK and also in the USA. Thomas Marshall, an American supervisor at the mill in the 1780s, took the design of the structure back to America, where it became a progenitor of the American cotton industry.

Masson Mills, Matlock, Derbyshire

Masson Mills were in continuous operation from 1783 until 1991 making them the oldest continuously operating mills in the world.

Masson Mills is part of the UNESCO World Heritage site that includes nearby Cromford and the Cromford Canal the site of Arkwright's first mills.

Masson Mills
Derby Road
Matlock Bath
Derbyshire
DE4 3PY
Tel: 01629 760208

Access

The nearest railway station to Masson Mills is Matlock Bath, which is easily accessible from Buxton, Stockport, Manchester (via the A6), Derby and Nottingham.

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