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Drizzle Almost Stopped Play at Cromford Mills

October 25, 2013  •  9 Comments

I become a little restless when rain stops me getting my camera out. Not to be defeated I persuaded my youngest to follow me around with an umbrella... although I didn't take too kindly to getting my hair tangled in it! On the positive side, for me anyway,  the drizzle kept the crowds away ... people do so get in the way!

Cromford Mills have been designated part of a World Heritage Site and so I was expecting great things. This is where Sir Richard Arkwright built the world's first successful water-powered cotton spinning mill in 1771... and the the saying history.

I was surprised to learn that a site of such historical industrial significance was almost on the verge of being demolished. Thankfully the buildings were rescued by The Arkwright Society and are now being restored. If I'm honest I was a tad disappointed with the site. Perhaps it was the constant drizzle or that much of it was boarded-up and out-of-bounds... you know how I like to explore the nooks and crannies! I'm not sure...

The muddy water was pounding down the river. The noise was deafening.

Some of the buildings were occupied by traders. I could imagine having a little business here if I lived closer.

The old paving stones in the yard originated from Victoria Works - brickmaking was a major source of employment during the late 1800s.

The church of St Mary's lies next to the mill. It was built by Richard Arkwright and he's buried in the crypt. The family graves are in the peaceful churchyard by the river. The interior is lavish with murals and stained glass by A O Hemming. The main entrance is heavily protected and  warnings  against the theft of metals adorn the walls - a sad sign of our times. 

I wonder when this lock was last used?

And finally a blast of colour! These rusty railings were hidden amongst the undergrowth across from the church . I imagine they were considered  very grand way back in time.

Later I stopped off in the historical town of Wirksworth. I was wanting to buy a pair of wellies from a mill shop I'd seen advertised. It turns out the mill closed a few years ago. Anyway, I came across a fab art and craft supplies company tucked away in another old mill. Check it out at   I treated myself to a gorgeous Dylusions large journal and couldn't resist the pastel pencils which were waving at me from the counter. I already have a journal for the workshop I started this week with Brene Brown  ... but I felt I needed this one too! 

I hope you enjoyed my rainy trip to Cromford Mills. I'm hoping to catch some autumnal shots this coming week... the trees are still fairly green around these parts, but apparently...and I heard it on the radio... the sugar levels in the leaves are perfect this year for a glorious display of colour. 


I just wanted to say a big heart-felt thank you for all your lovely comments and emails. 





Amazing photos! Love all the black and whites especially the reflection in the water and the water pounding down!
Cindy Swainso(non-registered)
Your b&w processing SO enhances this group...this place! I especially like the old lock.

So tell me, how often does it happen that you go shopping for something (boots) and come home with art supplies? Hmmmmm...actually I feel better knowing this happens to someone other than me.

I love the black and white processing on these and that final one with color. Very clever. I think we have to take some exploring as opposed to none at all when it comes to old places. I have a mental image of you getting your hair tangled in the umbrella with your son holding it. Love it!!
Cathy H.(non-registered)
You blog always captivates me, with your beautiful detail shots and your informative words. I love the photo of the lock, that's pretty cool with all the webs! I also love the mysterious feel of these photos in B&W!
I had never heard about the sugar levels in the leaves being what effects tht color. How interesting. I love that water shot and I'll bet you could do an awesome composite with that lock photo for Halloween.
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