21 March 2006

Belper

A new day and off we went, heading north-east originally intending to visit Wingfield Manor, but discovered that access was restricted to Saturdays only. Never mind... another time. So we stopped at Belper to look at some textile mills.

Belper is probably most famous for its North Mill, the second 'fireproof' textile mill ever built (after the Ditherington Flax Mill at Shrewsbury). I think the whole fireproof iron-framed skyscraper ancestor nonsense is to be taken with a pinch of salt, but the site (the North Mill was built in 1804) is nevertheless interesting.

The original mill is the small one on the right, the massive bright red one behind was added in 1912.

Me trying to get a long exposure on the fast-flowing stream without a tripod (as usual).

Katie on the bridge...

A view through the courtyard - mill of 1804 to the left, mill of 1912 in front.





This site is also relevant to the project we are doing at the moment at Tean Mills (which in turn has given rise to the accommodation which led to this very adventure). Also the Derwent Valley as a whole has recently been made into a World Heritage Site, and there are a lot of comparisons with our own World Heritage Site at Ironbridge.

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