Belper Neighbourhood Plan Working Group c/o Belper Town Council, The Butts, Belper, Derbys. DE56 1HX
Site last updated 24-10-17
Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site meets criteria 2 and 4.
2) to exhibit an important interchange of human values, over a span of time or within a cultural area of the world, on developments in architecture or technology, monumental arts, town-planning or landscape design;
The building of houses by the Strutts for their mill workers of Belper and Milford, which are still lived in today, and the retention of much of the landscape into which the mills and mill workers houses were placed is also largely intact. Sir Richard Arkwright and Jedidiah Strutt would still recognise many parts of Belper and Milford if they came here today.
4) to be an outstanding example of a type of building, architectural or technological ensemble or landscape which illustrates (a) significant stage(s) in human history;
The world’s first factory was Cromford Mill, which demonstrated that a person could in one day produce as much cotton thread or fabric as had previously taken them a year.
Sir Richard Arkwright’s Spinning Jenny coupled with the use of water power to power the mill’s machinery was the “white hot” technology of the 18th Century