The 18th and 19th century millworkers’ housing remained in the ownership of the Strutt Estate until the 1950s, so many original features have survived. Guided walks and walk leaflets are available from the Derwent Valley Visitor Centre in Strutt’s North Mill, Belper.
What makes it special?
The Strutt family who built the mills at Belper also provided housing, farms and public buildings—a complete community for their workers. Read more about the history of Belper’s industrial community here.
Much of this 18th and 19th century development still exists today and is in good order—and much sought after.
The railway—designed by George and Robert Stephenson—runs through a deep stone-lined cutting which slices straight through the town. It is spanned by eleven bridges.
What is there to see and do?
Today you can still walk around the main estate and see the houses where the millworkers once lived. But please remember these are people’s homes—don’t stare in windows or knock on doors!
A walk up Long Row to the Short Rows and back through the Clusters shows the best features of the estate. The Cluster houses are among the earliest examples of this format—back-to-back and semi-detached.
If you stand on the railway bridge in Long Row you can see the railway cutting and some of the other bridges through the town. An interpretation panel on the bridge points to other nearby features.
You can see more Strutt housing on the other side of the river along Belper Lane, The Scotches and Wyver Lane.
The Unitarian Chapel by the Short Rows was also built by the Strutts.
The Strutts founded a day school on Long Row and George Herbert Strutt built a Grammar School on Derby Road.
Travel & Amenities
There is a wide choice of eating establishments in the town.
Buses stop regularly in Belper on the A6. See Getting there.
Belper Station is conveniently situated in the centre of the town. See Getting there.
There are several car parks in Belper: pay and display near the station; and free car parks on Derwent Street and the Coppice.