Matlock Thermal Spring

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The mill in the photos is the Cromford Cotton Mill of Richard Arkwright. As we toured the mill, I was struck with the way Arkwright worked things out. He worked out how to process cotton using a machine; he designed the mill as a fortress, with good defences as the machinery was unpopular with some;  he built the workers cottages with room for a pig and with light coming in at the top floors so the men could use them as workshops (most of his employees were women). The Peak district water would freeze in the winter, but he located the mill so the  warm water of the thermal spa could keep the mill working all the year round.

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