Strutt's North Mill. Belper

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Jedediah Strutt began building mills in Belper in 1776. The North Mill was rebuilt after a fire in 1803 to a ‘fire-proof’ design by Jedediah’s son William. This Grade-1 listed cast iron framed building was the most technologically advanced of its time and is an important step in the development of modern skyscrapers. Now displays the history and development of cotton spinning, framework knitting, chevening and nailmaking. The fine Strutt factory housing complex is nearby and the renowned River Gardens adjoins the Mill.

Venue Type:

Industrial heritage site, Museum, Heritage site

Opening hours

Wed-Sun 1100-1600 & Bank Holiday Mondays
November AND February
Sat-Sun 1100-1600 & Boxing and New Year Days.

Closed: December & Jauuary excspt as above.

Admission charges

Adults £4.00, accompanied children under 16s FREE

Getting there

In Belper at The Triangle. junction of A6 and A517 (road to Ashbourne). 5 minutes from Belper Railway Station and buses.

Additional info

A wheelchair is available but the basement is accessable only by stairs. However a video film of it can be seen on request.

Some original and some replica machines displays the evolution of cotton spinning from cottage industry to factory system, from drop spindle and spinning wheel through to Hargreaves jenny, water-frame and Crompton’s mule. The famous silk and cotton hosiery collection shows fine examples of chevening (local hand embroidery on stockings) and the knitting machinery depicts the changes in this industry through the ages.

Collection details

Architecture, Costume and Textiles, Decorative and Applied Art, Industry, Personalities, Social History, Trade and Commerce

Key artists and exhibits

  • Strutt
  • Hargreaves
  • Arkwright
  • Crompton
  • Jenny
  • Mule
  • Water-frame
  • Spinning
  • carding
  • Cotton
  • Silk
  • Hosiery
  • Brettles
  • Industrial revolution
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Curriculum Links and Construction Details Downloads

To help teachers planning a visit to Strutt's North Mill, Belper, and to assist with lesson planning back at school, 3 free downloadable packs are available. Curriculum Links offers general information and a poster, Belper North Mill Curriculum Links includes a full activity list and lesson plan suggestions, and North Mill Construction Details is a summary of the description of the Mill published in Ree's Cyclopedia in 1812.

How to obtain

Education Programme: Key Stage 1 and 2 Tailor-Made Sessions for Schools

At Strutt's North Mill we want to ensure your class gets the most from your visit. That's why we offer "tailor made" days and half days to suit the needs of your group. Or we can visit you: many of our activities can be brought into your school. We have activities supporting history, geography, science, PSCHE and citizenship. Choose from The Watercourse, Fire At T'Mill, Trouble At T'Mill, Mill Crafts, The River Derwent, Video, Picture Package, Using Different Sources, Artefact Boxes, Local Study, Mill Tour, Materials, and Visit the Museum Shop.

How to obtain

Contact the manager at the Derwent Valley Visitor Centre on 01773 880474. Cost per child: £5.00 full day, £3.00 half day.

Getting there

In Belper at The Triangle. junction of A6 and A517 (road to Ashbourne). 5 minutes from Belper Railway Station and buses.

Strutt's North Mill. Belper
Derwent Valley Visitor Centre
North Mill
DE56 1YD


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0845 5214347

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