Masson Mills - Sir Richard Arkwright's

Working Textile Museum, Derby Road, Matlock Bath, Derbyshire DE4 3PY
31 Derby Road England DE4 GB

Masson Mill is a fine example of an 18th century water-powered cotton spinning mill which is situated on the River Derwent in Matlock Bath, Derbyshire. Step back in time and enjoy Sir Richard Arkwright’s legacy and experience the sounds, sights and smells of this working cotton mill with machinery dating back to the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. See the original 1785 bell which called employees to work and look at the ‘The Devil’ which was a machine that opened and broke up raw bales of cotton using large rotating spikes. There are gruesome reports of millworkers falling into the working parts. While you are there you can also witness a fascinating collection of artefacts from textile mills all over Britain.

Machinery demonstrations take place daily Mon-Sat at 11am and 2pm, (Sundays at 12noon and 2pm) in the Weaving Shed. Masson Mill uses the power of the River Derwent to produce its own green hydroelectricity.

After visiting this interesting mill, you could go shopping in the Masson Mills Shopping Village and afterwards relax at the riverside picnic area which has views of the weir. You may even spot a kingfisher or a heron there.

Facilities: Disabled access available.

Mon – Sat 10am-4pm, Sun 11am-4pm.
The museum is open from the first week in January until 30th November inclusive. Closed Easter Sunday and throughout December (Please note that during January inclement weather may affect opening times).

Mon – Sat including Bank Holidays, 10am until 5.30pm. Sun 11am – 5pm.

Photo Credits: © Copyright Masson Mills

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