From the New Road bridge, you have a good view of the railway cutting through Belper, built to the designs of George Stephenson in 1838/9. This 1974 view shows the new supermarket built across the King Street bridge (now Poundland).
Where the Co-op now has a car park, there used to be the Park Foundry, manufacturing cast iron products until it moved away to a larger site in 1899. By the time of this photograph it was being reused as a depot for the Belper Urban District Council, before demolition in the 1980s.
In December 2001, the Derwent Valley Mills in Derbyshire was inscribed on the World Heritage List. This international designation confirms the outstanding importance of the area as the birthplace of the factory system where in the 18th Century water power was successfully harnessed for textile production.
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