This site was once the paddock (for exercising horses), belonging to Green Hall – the home of Jedediah Strutt II, built in 1810. The land was given to the town by Jedediah’s grandson, George Herbert Strutt in 1921, to provide a Memorial Garden, to remember Belper’s fallen of the First World War.
In the photograph, you can see Green Hall, before it was demolished in the winter of 1955/6, on the site of what is now the Green lane car park and Green House public house.
In the distance you can see the pinnacles on the tower of St Peter’s Church. They were later removed after one collapsed during a fire in 1949.
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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