Willersley Castle Research
Willersley Castle, Cromford
A research paper produced by Barry Joyce and Doreen Buxton with the assistance of David Hool for the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Partnership.
Willersley Castle was built as a mansion house for Sir Richard Arkwright. He commissioned it in 1786, the year he was knighted, to provide a suitably prestigious ‘seat’, to which he intended to move from Rock House, the substantial but less prestigious house in Cromford he had lived in since 1776. The knight died in 1792, before it was completed.