The Gothic Warehouse was built by the canal company for Wheatcrofts, the principle canal carrier in 1874. The warehouse is built of coarse and dressed sandstone with two storeys and a semi basement. The roof is constructed from welsh slates with a canopy structure spanning over the canal and loading dock. The canopy was added in 1814. The north west gable facing Willersley Castle (the intended home for Sir Richard Arkwright) has a castellated parapet which is where it got its name, the Gothic Warehouse. The warehouse is aligned parallel to the canal with taking in doors on all sides but the North West side. It would have been used to store goods bought or being transported along the canal. The sign over the North West doorway says N Wheatcroft & Sons Ltd, see if you can find out what merchants they were from the sign.
The weighbridge which is located at the North West end of the building is a 1920 addition and was installed for the Cromford Colour Company who had taken over the Arkwright Mill complex. The weighbridge was used to ensure the weight of goods being transported by road complied with the Road and Highway standards.
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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