In 1895, mill owner George Henry Strutt offered an interest-free loan for the creation of plentiful, clean water for the town. He left instructions that when he died the loan should be cancelled – and he died three months later. So this underground reservoir, seen now as just a large hump on the horizon, was paid for almost entirely by the Strutt family.
Men can be seen having dug through the bedrock, using a steam-powered crane to move stone on to the site.
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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