In Cromford, North Street contains the first housing built to encourage families to come and live near and provide labour for a mill. A hotel and shops were created by Sir Richard Arkwright, and a market for the community which was regularly used for festivities.
Lea Mills (John Smedley's Ltd)
The site has been owned by the Smedley family for over 225 years and has been operational throughout that time. It is the head office, manufacturing and distribution base for the luxury knitwear brand that is John Smedley. Visit the factory shop for a wide range of products including John Smedley's exclusive Sea Island cotton and Merino wool ranges.