Derwent Valley Mills

Belper - Mill - Sepia 001In December 2001, the Derwent Valley Mills in Derbyshire was inscribed on the World Heritage List. This international designation confirms the outstanding importance of this area as the birthplace of the factory system where, in the 18th Century, water power was successfully harnessed for textile production.

To discover more about that history, click here

Recently a fascinating 40 second animation of the mill site in Milford in the 1950s created by Evans Vettori Architects for Derwent Valley Mills using old photographs has been discovered. It shows the impressive extent of the South Mill, covering the site of what is now Soi Kitchens and the Strutt Arms car park. The mill site was demolished in 1964, being deemed of no importance.

Click here for the animation.