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Report - Milford Mill, Derbyshire, April 2015

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by man_gone_wrong, Apr 29, 2015.

  1. man_gone_wrong

    man_gone_wrong 28DL Regular User
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    So on a not so sunny Sunday morning in the intermittent rain and gale force winds I met up with Acid-Reflux for a bit of exploring. After already having 4 or 5 fails so early in the day I thought the day was going to be a load of shite. As we were driving through Milford looking for an "abandoned" church we gazed our eyes upon this little beauty

    After struggling to get parked up we eventually headed into the complex where the mill is situated and got on with taking the shots. Lots of stuff has been taken away from the mill since it closed down and a fair bit is still there, depends what you are looking for. I for one loved it and just wished we got into all the buildings before we realised we couldnt due to the local car washers lol

    I apologise about the amount of pictures but there was just too many good ones from this place lol


    History

    Milford was named for its river-crossing, on an ancient route from Derby to the Peak district. The power of the Derwent was used from medieval times to run a corn-mill, dying and fulling mills, and iron and scythe forges. Jedediah Strutt, a farmer turned hosier, recognised the potential of the site. Inventor of the Derby rib machine, Strutt owned a Derby silk mill, and had set up cotton mills in Belper.

    In 1781, he bought land in Milford to build a cotton spinning mill. It was one of a series of textile milles constructed on the Derwent between Matlock and Derby during the Industrial Revolution.
    These pioneering developments, which included the creation of new communities to house and cater for the workforce they required, are now recognises as being of international importance.

    The Milford Mill complex eventually included spinning, bleaching and dying mills, as well as foundries, joiners’ workshops, a gas-works and a corn-mill. The Warehouse, constructed in 1793, was an early attempt by William Strutt, Jedediah’s eldest son. To design a fire-proof multi-storey structure. Later, and more successful, attempts at fire-proofing are embodies in the Dyehouse building, near the bridge. Whilst almost all the early mill buildings were demolished in the 1950s and ‘60s, much of the associated industrial housing has survived. Many of these houses were built by the Strutts, from the late 18th century onwards, transforming Milford from a riverside hamlet into a company village. The Strutts also built the school, created several farms to supply produce for their workers, helped establish the village’s various religious and social buildings.

    The road bridge, with its two elegant segmental arches was opened in 1793 was principally funded by Jedediah Strutt, it was widened in 1906. The bridge carries the A6 through the village.

    Milford House located on the A6 just south of Milford was built in 1792 for Jedediah Strutt. Today this building is a nursing home for elderly.
    Where the Mill House public house stands today was once the site of the Mill complex built during the late 18th and early 19th centuries, it was powered by water from the Derwent channelled into a goyt. The wheel-pits may still be seen near the Mill House. It was demolished in 1964. The bell which used to hang in the Mill clock-tower can now be seen above the goyt, beside the Dyehouse just before you cross the road bridge

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  2. The Wombat

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    thats pretty good :thumb
    looks a big place
     
  3. KM_Punk

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    Good stuff :thumb
     
  4. man_gone_wrong

    man_gone_wrong 28DL Regular User
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    Cheers bud :thumb

    The place is quite big, didnt finish exploring it all, needs a revisit soon :D
     
  5. man_gone_wrong

    man_gone_wrong 28DL Regular User
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    Cheers fella :D
     
  6. Miss Mayhem

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    Very nice, cheers for sharing :thumb
     
  7. man_gone_wrong

    man_gone_wrong 28DL Regular User
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    Thank you very much :D
     
  8. man_gone_wrong

    man_gone_wrong 28DL Regular User
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    Thank you very much :D
     
  9. UrbanVertigo

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    Nice report and ace pictures man! What kit do you use i.e. camera and lens etc?
     
  10. mrwhite

    mrwhite 28DL Regular User
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    very very nice
     
  11. dazza72

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    cool pics,will have to have a gander at that place
     
  12. ZerO81

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    This does look like a nice bit of millage!
     
  13. Speed

    Speed Got Epic?
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    The old Mill is nothing to shout about anyway so you didn't miss much. It's just modernised and empty
     
  14. WildBoyz

    WildBoyz Is this the future?
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    Haha, that last photo is awesome :D
     
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