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Strutt's North Mill played a vital role in the UK's Industrial Revolution and is of architectural and historic importance. It is one of a chain of mills that form part of UNESCO's Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage site.
Located just next to Strutt's North Mill, these unique and easily accessible riverside gardens have been giving visitors a beautiful place to visit for over one hundred years.
There is a children's play area, a bandstand with peformances throughout the year, and rowing boats can be hired during the summer months to take a trip along nearly three miles of the river.
This small stone church, hidden away above the market place, dates from around 1250 and was built by William de Ferrers, Earl of Derby. There is now also a Heritage Centre inside with a collection of old photographs of Belper and other memorabilia.
Hidden amongst the millworkers’ cottages on Field Row is Belper’s Unitarian Chapel. Jedediah Strutt had the original chapel built in 1788, and it remains today very much as it was when it was first built.
On Joseph Street you can also see a former Nail Maker’s Workshop. This was an important industry in Belper before the cotton mills were established, with many workshops based around the old town.
Take just a short walk from the North Mill towards Belper to view some of the historic millworkers’ cottages that are still in existence today. The beautiful and cobbled Long Row was built around 1790 to house the millworkers that the new Strutt Mills were attracting to the town and there are further streets named after the Strutt family.
A former Anglican convent of the sisters of St Laurence situated in Field Lane is a fine building of stone three storeys high erected in 1882/1885 at a cost of 12,000 pounds. The nuns have long since gone and the building has been tastefully renovated into apartments.
This fine old building was once a workhouse for the poor. George Benson Strutt of Belper sold two acres of land for £750 for the building of this former Workhouse. On completion in 1840 it had cost £8,700. Just how much is it worth today? Today it is a community hospital – although there are plans for the NHS to close it down, sell it off and this will make it a target for construction firms
Just across the river's bridge from the North Mill is the former garden to the Cottage Hospital. It has been lovingly restored by the enthusiasm of a dedicated local Belper man, Peter Davies, and is now a peaceful spot to sit and relax.
The school was built 1907–09, commissioned by George Herbert Strutt - a direct descendent of Jedediah Strutt, the famous industrialist who developed the cotton industry in Belper. The school closed in 2007 and is now a community venue run by the Strutt’s Society