Lawn bridge is a simple hump-backed bridge constructed of local rough coursed gritstone which connects Arkwright’s “Lawns” (Arkwright owned land to the east and west) to Cromford Meadows. It is one of the original 6 bridges built over the Dewent Valley stretch of Cromford canal between 1792/4, designed by the canal engineers Jessop and Outram. The bridge gave direct access to the fields either side of the canal with the canal footpath passing under on the east bank.
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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