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Been wanting to go here for ages and finally got the chance recently so I met up with Snapt and the lovely Mrs Snapt for a mooch.


I couldn't find any info about this even though I spent at least 15 seconds scouring the internet, so I reverted to form and stole it from Zer081 :D


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 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.


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Setting off at the very reasonable hour off 08.00 my satnav took me the usual strange and convoluted route but this time it involved some spectacular scenery so it was ok.

We had info that the gate was locked but it wasn't spikey, but it was spikey so a plan was quickly devised under the watchfull eyes of local passerbys.

Timing it between locals, one at a time we went in, Snapt followed by Mrs Snapt but as I turned I found Mrs Snapt no longer in sight and
there was a chap locking
 the gate on the inside!!! Eh? crikey, whats going on?

I thought someone had let her in so I stuck my head through the gate only to find the Snapt's against the wall tittering about how the chap with the key
AND THE PITCHFORK, i'll say that bit again, THE PITCHFORK somehow hadn't seen them even though he was about 2 ft from them.

We quickly decided to go in the opposite direction to pitchfork man and thought it best to keep out of his way.

We were glad we did, we came to a room that at first glance looked like a rubbish tip but it had some real hidden gems when we looked.




There was things like these
Remeber these kids? no, of course you dont but it's what us old folk used to listen to music on, now you may laugh but most of you were probably conceived whilst these were playing, well maybe not Handel's Messiah but perhaps this


Fragg's car still plays these instead of cd's (they came after vinyl for you younger 'bexers)

And things like this




This was the best find for me, not sure if it was real or a reprint but I like it anyhow.





We moved on to here next




Then after a vast and empty room








It was at this point that all of Snapt's many cameras decided to fail at the same time

Photo says it all really


I really enjoyed it here, a good day out and nobody got stabbed with a pitchfork, now we just have to get out again, eek.

7/10 from me

Thanks for looking

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