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Sunday, August 27, 2017

Torrs Riverside Park New Mills

The town of New Mills in Derbyshire, south east of the urban areas of Stockport and Manchester, has a long history of industry that is now preserved as part of the Torrs Riverside Park.

Torrs Riverside Park New Mills.

The River Goyt has created a gorge through the sandstone here and it was the waters of the Goyt and Sett that initially powered some of the first mills of Britain's Industrial Revolution.

At the foot of the gorge stand the ruins of the now derelict Torr Mill, which was destroyed by a blaze in 1912 and not rebuilt. The remains of Rock Mill also stand on the river bank. Torr Vale Mill was in operation until 2000 and was the longest operating mill in the country having started in the 1780's - over 200 years of continuous operation.

Torr Vale Mill, New Mills, Derbyshire.

Torrs Hydro is an interesting project that has its roots in the early industrial history of the valley as water power is once again utilized.

Located on the weir at Torrs Mill, Torrs Hydro is the UK's first community owned and funded hydro-electric scheme and provides power when the water energy is enough to turn a huge Archimedes Screw. Profits generated from selling the power are used to fund local education and regeneration projects.

The weir at Torrs Hydro, New Mills.

The low bridge seen in the photograph above is one of the original bridges that crossed the Goyt, which has been superseded by the Union Road Bridge, constructed in 1894.

Union Road Bridge constructed in 1894.

The Millennium Walkway was built from 1999-2000 to join the hiking trails of the Goyt Way and the Sett Valley Trail. A memorial plaque commemorates Stan Brewster the civil engineer from Derbyshire County Council who was in charge of the project. He was sadly killed in the London terror attack of July 7, 2005.

Memorial to Stan Brewster.

The New Mills Heritage Centre just off the main street in New Mills has information on the history of the site and the abundant wildlife that inhabits the valley. There is also a cafe and shop providing refreshments for visitors and hikers.

Millennium Walkway, New MIlls, Derbyshire.

New Mills Heritage & Information Centre
Rock Mill Lane
New Mills
High Peak
Derbyshire SK22 3BN
Tel: 01663 746904

Hours: Tuesday - Friday 10.30am - 4pm;  Saturday, Sunday & Bank Holidays 10.30am - 4pm (4.30pm BST)

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