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North Mill, Belper

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Strutt's Mill
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Model showing arrangement of 'fireproof' structure
Detail of the above
Basement of the mill, showing the stone columns in the basement which support the iron framework of the mill, via adjustable wedges
Part of one of the cast iron beams and column assemblies
The original waterwheel pit, with projected rotating image of wheel
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High security door, with lock designed by William Strutt. Made c.1810, in use until 1966

Derwent Valley Visitor Centre, Bridgefoot, Belper, Derbyshire, DE56 1YD.

Built by Jedediah Strutt in 1804, North Mill in Belper was a cotton mill, having an advanced 'fireproof' 5 storey structure of brick, stone and iron. The Strutt family were friends with Charles Bage an engineer from Shrewsbury, who provided advice on the design and construction. The mill was originally powered by a huge waterwheel.

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