Sir Richard Arkwright’s Masson Mills

Sir Richard Arkwright's Masson Mills 1783
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Sir Richard Arkwright's 1783 showpiece Masson Mills on the River Derwent at Matlock Bath are the finest and best preserved example of an Arkwright cotton mill. The Masson Mill pattern of design was influential in nascent British and American cotton mill construction. Working Textile Museum with authentic historic working machinery illustrating Arkwright's Legacy. Gateway to the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site.

Venue Type:

Heritage site, Industrial heritage site

Opening hours

Every Day except Christmas and Easter Day.
Mon-Fri 10.00-16.00, Sat 11.00-17.00, Sun 11.00-16.00

Closed: Christmas Day and Easter Day

Admission charges

Adult: £2.50
Child (5-16): £1.50
Family: £6.50
Concessions: £2.00

School Groups: £1.00 per child
Adult Groups(30+): £2.00 per person

Eclectic private collection of historic working textile machinery housed within the authentic setting of Sir Richard Arkwright's 1783 showpiece Masson Mills, Matlock Bath, Derbyshire. The collection contains diverse items from the British textile industry from its foundations in the late 18th century and illustrates the Legacy of Sir Richard Arkwright. Antique machinery can be seen working, spinning yarn and weaving cloth on the premises.

Collection details

Architecture, Archives, Costume and Textiles, Industry, Personalities, Science and Technology, Social History

Key artists and exhibits

  • Arkwright
  • Richard Arkwright
  • Sir Richard Arkwright
  • Masson
  • Cromford
  • Masson Mill
  • Cromford Mill
  • textiles
  • textile history
  • textile machinery
  • looms
  • Lancashire looms
  • spinning
  • weaving
  • cotton
  • cotton industry
  • history
  • industrial history
  • economic history

Sir Richard Arkwright’s Masson Mills
Derby Road
Matlock Bath



Museum Reception

01629 581001


01629 581001

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