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Guided Tour: Darley Abbey Mills and Village

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The West Mill

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Guided Tour: Darley Abbey Mills and Village Tuesday 8th October, 10:30am-1:30pm £10

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As part of a specially selected programme of guided walks and visits, Derbyshire Historic Buildings Trust (DHBT) are offering a guided tour of Darley Abbey Mills and village.

This is a unique opportunity to see the most complete group of 18th century cotton mills in the whole of the UNESCO Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site. The tour will cover the origins of the village, the development and adaptive reuse of the mills complex and the recent conversion of Darley Hall Stables.

Although included in the World Heritage Site for its part in the 18th century Industrial Revolution the industrial roots of Darley Abbey date back to the monastic period and evidence of this may be seen in the village.

The stables were part of the service range to Darley Hall, built in 1727 by the Evans family.

The land on the east bank of the River Derwent was acquired by Thomas Evans for his cotton mills in 1778. These mills later became known as the ‘Boar’s Head Mills’ and were constructed between 1782 and 1830. They constitute the most complete of the surviving cotton mill complexes in the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site and are of not only historical importance but also of great significance in the development of fire proof mill construction.

The site contains five main mills and a comprehensive range of ancillary structures, including warehouses, offices, stables, bobbin shops and domestic buildings.

At the Mills, we will be guests of owner, Andrew Rose. Mr Rose’s family have been instrumental in the development of the mills into a modern business complex of engineering and light industrial uses. Most recently, the family has converted the West Mill to a wedding venue and the provision of 8-bed accommodation for wedding parties, which are proving to be in great demand.

From the West Mill, Alan Bradwell of the Darley Abbey History Society will lead the tour around the village, offering his insights into the archaeological interest of the area, including recent research into the original location of the abbey and an ice house.

At the Stables, formerly part of the Evans’ home Darley Hall which is no longer standing, conservation surveyor Tanya Spilsbury will explain how the stables and bakehouse were saved and converted recently for use by various wellbeing, dance and beauty businesses. We will then walk back to the West Mill to complete the tour and enjoy some refreshments. Mr Rose will guide the party around the mills complex and provide a fascinating account of the development of the site for modern uses.

The party will be limited to 20. Early booking is recommended. The charge is £10.

Cars may be parked at the rear of the West Mill Venue (postcode DE22 1DZ), following signs off Haslam’s Lane, which can be reached either off Alfreton Road or through Darley Abbey village over the river bridge. Note there is a toll for use of the bridge at peak times. Alternatively, there are some parking spaces in the village on roads and in the free car park for Darley Park near the Abbey pub.

Please wear suitable footwear as the route includes cobbled areas and paths through the park and woodland which may be muddy. The route is approximately ¾ mile long and there is a steepish incline up to the Stables. There are toilets available at the West Mill venue and approximately halfway round at the park café next to the Stables.

Meet at the West Mill Venue at 10.30am on Tuesday 8th October 2019. The event is expected to finish around 1.30pm following refreshments, kindly provided by Mr Andrew Rose of the West Mill Venue.

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