As the northern gateway to the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site, Masson Mills have been sympathetically refurbished to continue life as a working textile museum, shopping village, licensed restaurant and conference and exhibition centre. The River Derwent continues to power the mills, now in the form of electricity generated by hydroelectric turbines.
What makes them special?
Sir Richard Arkwright’s Masson Mill was built in the 18th century on the banks of the River Derwent at Matlock Bath, and reflected the grandeur of its river gorge setting.
Masson Mill was the only Arkwright mill to use the Derwent, a power source ten times greater than his first mill at Cromford.
The mill site now houses a shopping village, a restaurant, conference facilities and a textile museum with historic working machinery.
What is there to see and do?
- Experience the atmosphere of a working historic cotton mill in the textile museum. You can see how cotton is converted into thread by the machines which fill the building with their clattering sound.
- Walk beside the rushing river and see how the weir and sluices bring water into the turbine to convert the power of the Derwent into electricity.
- The shopping village is within one of the later mills at Masson, and features a restaurant and shopping outlets on four floors. A multi-storey car park has been ingeniously incorporated into the complex.
Contact Masson Mills
Sir Richard Arkwright’s Masson Mills Working Textile Museum
Derby Road, Matlock Bath, Matlock, Derbyshire DE4 3PY
Tel: 01629 581001