There was a paint mill near here, close to the stream, until around 1900. The mill employed about twenty people to crush minerals into powder and load onto the Cromford and High Peak railway line, which ran through the valley, to be used to make paint elsewhere. The quarry is now overgrown and it is hard to believe that there was any industry here at all.
You should be standing in almost the exact spot this photograph was taken from in around 1900. Even then the mill was referred to as the ‘old’ paint mills!
The mill was placed here to take advantage of the stream that runs down Deep Clough. Extra water came down a channel built into the hillside. The mill ran until 1890. It crushed baryte for use as a white pigment in the manufacture of paint.