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  • Milford walk
    14:00 -16:00
    14/08/2021

    Leader: Jane Whitaker

    Jane Whitaker will lead a 2 hour walk round Milford which will take in its prime industrial and residential sites, including the few structural remains of the mill buildings. We will look at some of the remains of inventive genius, William Strutt’s designs for fire-proofing the mill. We will view some of the 18th and early 19th century housing, built for the workers and maintained by the Strutt family for nearly 200 years. Along the way we will hear about the lives of the mill workers and some of the incidents that occurred in the village, from the brutal murder of a small child to the tragic accident that ended the life of one of the Strutt family and the Milford’s night watchman employed by the Strutts to keep order at night. There are tantalising remains of other local industries to be seen, such as framework knitting, nailmaking, quarrying and farming, as well as many small remnants of the paternalistic care that the Strutts took of their employees, such as the pavements, allotments, gas lighting, water pumps and provision for leisure. Time permitting, we will view the elegant Stephenson railway tunnel entrance and bridge and hear about the problems of putting a railway through the narrowest part of the Derwent Valley.

    Organised by the Local History Section

    Members only – booking arrangements have been notified in the Summer 2021 Newsletter

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