Visit Cromford and the surrounding villages and stay in bed & breakfast accommodation:
Cromford, Derbyshire, is where the first rumblings of the Industrial Revolution were heard. In this sturdy-looking, stone-built village south of The Matlocks, in 1771, Sir Richard Arkwright built the first mechanized textile factory in the world, equipping it with the cotton-spinning machinery he had recently invented. The original mill still stands by the road, dour, forbidding, intended to be stout enough to withstand any attacks by the frightened weavers, bent on smashing Arkwright's machines. Two more of Arkwright's important buildings still stand in Cromford: the Church of St Mary and Willersley Castle. Many of the old cottages are those he built for his work people.
Not far from Cromford are the famous Black Rocks, a rugged mass of gritstone on the hills on the Wirks Worth road. The rocks are about 80 ft high and erosion has left them with a face which makes particular appeal to rock-climbers from all parts of the country. They also offer a fine viewing point, the panorama stretching across the valley in which The Matlocks lie to Riber Castle on its peak.
Also from Cromford runs a beautiful stretch of road with a Latin name. But the Via Gellia owes nothing to the Romans; it was constructed during. the 19th century by Philip Gell of Hopton Hall, Wirksworth, along a wooded ravine between Cromford and Grangemill It is particularly colourful in bluebell time and is famous for its lilies of the valley.
Nearby towns: Ashbourne, Matlock, Wirksworth
Nearby villages: Ambergate, Birchover, Crich, Middleton, Two Dales
Have you decided to visit Cromford or the surrounding villages? Please look above for somewhere to stay in:
- a Cromford bed and breakfast (a Cromford B&B or Cromford b and b)
- a Cromford guesthouse
- a Cromford hotel (or motel)
- a Cromford self-catering establishment, or
- other Cromford accommodation