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Cromford, Derbyshire

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Cromford, Derbyshire

Cromford is a village, two miles to the south of Matlock in the Derbyshire Dales district in Derbyshire, England. It is principally known for its historical connection with Richard Arkwright, and the Cromford Mill which he built here in 1771. Cromford is in the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage site.
DistrictDerbyshire Dales
Post townMATLOCK
Administrative CountyDerbyshire
Traditional CountyDerbyshire
OS GridSK2956
OS Settlement ClassificationOther settlement (village, hamlet etc)
RegionEast Midlands
Police AuthorityDerbyshire
Fire and Rescue AuthorityDerbyshire
Fire and Rescue AuthorityDerbyshire
Ambulance AuthorityEast Midlands
Dialling code01629

Other names by which Cromford, Derbyshire has been known in the past


Cromford, Derbyshire in John Bartholomew's "Gazetteer of the British Isles" (1887)

Cromford, small market town and township with ry. sta., Wirksworth par., N. Derbyshire, on Cromford Canal, 2 miles N. of Wirksworth and 142 miles NW. of London, 1324 ac., pop. 1074; P.O., T.O. Market-day, Saturday. The town owes its prosperity to Sir Richard Arkwright, who erected here, in 1776, the first cotton mill in the co., and the largest at that time in the kingdom. The mills are still worked by the Arkwright family, but their activity has declined to some extent during recent years. There are lead and colour works.

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