North Street is Arkwright’s most famous housing (1776). It is amongst the world’s first industrial housing. The houses had three storeys and three rooms. Note the large windows that remain on the third storey of some of houses. In these attics men of the village worked at looms or framework knitting machines.
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.
Find out more information about the history of Cromford Mills here.
You can also find out what else there is to see and do in Cromford here.