Belper is the world's first Cotton Mill town. It was here that Jedediah Strutt and his sons began their cotton mill business in 1776, and to encourage families to move into Belper to work in their mills, they built housing close by, nearly all of which have survived.
The Belper Mills complex lies at the northern entrance to the town on the A6. Belper North Mill now houses a museum ‘Strutt’s North Mill’, and a visitor centre serving the Derwent Valley. Tours of the museum and the town itself are available from here.
Belper River Gardens
Events in the River Gardens before the First World War attracted as many as 8,000 people, each paying a shilling to enter. Now, admission is free, and the gardens are maintained by Amber Valley Borough Council.
The village was home for several of the Strutt family – the Strutt residencies Milford house and Makeney Hall still exist today, one as a care home, the other as a hotel.