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Haddon Hall

Bakewell Derbyshire England
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Haddon Hall has been welcoming guests for hundreds of years, always enchanting visitors with its beauty and atmosphere.


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Midland Railway, Butterley

Ripley Derbyshire England
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As soon as you enter Butterley Station you are transported back in time. The station building has been lovingly re created on its original site even down to the milk churns and egg boxes in the booking hall.


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Arkwright's Cromford Mill

Cromford Derbyshire England
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Visit Cromford Mills for a complete day out, the start of your journey exploring the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site.


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Strutt's North Mill

Belper Derbyshire England
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Belper stands at the heart of the Derwent Valley, which played a significant part in the Industrial Revolution.  The Derwent Valley Visitor Centre in Strutt's North Mill was set up to open a window on the history of the mills, cotton spinning and the town itself.

The Strutt family's association with Belper began with industrialist Jedediah. He had transformed the hosiery business with his invention of the Derby Rib, which allowed ribbed, that is stretchable, stocking fabric to be made on a hand-worked knitting frame. It was his realisation that high quality thread was needed for good hose which led him in 1776 to begin building cotton mills at Belper.
Jedediah and his sons went on to build more mills at Belper, although some have now been demolished. Built in 1804, the North Mill was built by Jedediah's son William, and was the forerunner of the modern skyscraper, and the most advanced industrial building of its time. The frame of the building is made entirely of cast iron. Now, trained guides are available to explain the construction of the building and the historic cotton spinning machinery it contains, or alternatively visitors are able to explore the Museum on their own.
To encourage families to move into Belper and work in their mills, the Strutts built high quality housing for their workers, and this is still to be seen today. The Strutts were benefactors to Belper for two centuries - one legacy to the town was the River Gardens, given by George Herbert Strutt in 1906, a water garden by the Derwent which still features band concerts on advertised summer Sundays.
The importance of the Belper mills and their historic industrial neighbours at Cromford, Darley Abbey and Derby was reflected by the World Heritage Site status given to the Derwent Valley Mills in 2001. Telephone the Derwent Valley Visitor Centre at Strutt's North Mill on 01773 880474 for details.
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Barrow Hill Roundhouse Railway Centre

Chesterfield Derbyshire England
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Leander at the Steam Gala 2006World famous steam locomotive Flying Scotsman to lead relaunch celebrations in September

Steeped in Midland Railway history, the former steam Roundhouse was built in 1870 to house the locomotives that served the nearby Staveley Works.

Locomotive development and technology moved forward rapidly after the Second World War and the last of hundreds of steam locomotives which had worked from Barrow Hill finally left in 1965. They were replaced by diesels which hauled huge numbers of coal trains from the nearby North Derbyshire coalfields.

By the late 1980s, however, coal's future as a major fuel source was in decline. The future looked bleak for the Barrow Hill depot and in 1991 British Rail decided to close it. On 9th February of that year the depot closed its doors and 121 years of continuous use finally came to an end.

And that would have been the end of the story, were it not for a group of dedicated railway preservationists led by Mervyn Allcock. They persuaded Chesterfield Borough Council to have the building listed to prevent its demolition. Chesterfield Council then purchased the site and organised the necessary major repairs before leasing it to the newly formed Barrow Hill Engine Shed Society.

Today, Barrow Hill attracts thousands of visitors to its special events, often featuring working steam and diesel locomotives. No visit would be complete without a ride on the train from the purpose-built station and platform, which is also used as the starting point or destination for excursion trains using the UK national rail network.

In 2016 the Roundhouse was awarded £1.2 million by the Heritage Lottery Fund for its exciting "Moving Forward" project...

All work to the Roundhouse building has been completed, including work to repair the wall cap and install flashing, clean and paint all the roof steelwork and the internal walls and renew the external lime mortar pointing where needed.

The new entrance building is complete, new signage has been installed at the car park entrance and provision for disabled parking has been made in the new car park. The learning and meeting area of the Roundhouse is also finished. The existing blue brick floor has been lifted, underfloor heating installed and the floor replaced. The low ceiling has been removed and replaced with a new higher level ceiling and a projector and screen installed for use by school groups and other meetings. Storage, coat hooks and 'bag bins' for schools have been provided. A timeline display depicting the life of the immediate area and the Roundhouse, in relation to historic events, is now in place along with some large black and white images taken from the Roundhouse collection.


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