Yes, you guessed it Rosie, after Wirksworth we headed down into Cromford, and a swift walk around Cromford Mill.
Cromford Mill was the first water powered cotton spinning mill developed by Richard Arkwright in 1771.
You still get an immense sense of stepping back in time here. At the time that the mills were built, they were operated 24 hours a day - 2 x 12 hour shifts per day. The locality couldn't provide enough workforce, so he built houses in the village and encouraged families to move here from the nearby towns. Children as young as 7 years old were employed to work in the mills. Because of it's importance in history, the site is a World Heritage site.
The lady in the fabric shop (yes, you heard me correctly!!!! - it is just one of its many attractions!) told me that the buildings have no foundations, they are built directly onto soil. She said that the floor often moves and she finds herself tripping over bumps that have not previously been there!!
They are doing some work to the mill, so it will be interesting to see what they so. You can see weaving looms in action just round the corner at "Arkwrights Mill" (which is also sadly a very poor retail outlet).
We had time for a little wander along the Cromford Canal. The ice cream man was doing a roaring trade - everyone was happy to see the sunshine.
I always love a visit to Cromford - even if it is only a flying visit.