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Darley Abbey Visit- October 2019


To conclude our 2019 programme of walks and talks, guests enjoyed a fascinating tour of Darley Abbey Mills and village on the 9th October.


The sun was shining as Alan Bradwell, a local historian, guided the group around the village, explaining its history from monastic origins to industrial times.


Derek Latham was able to explain how, in the 1960s, he helped prevent the demolition of many mill workers cottages by setting up a grant scheme when he worked for Derby City Council. Tanya Spilsbury also showed everyone her excellent reuse and conversion of listed stables to the former Darley Hall. Finally, Andrew Rose Kindly showed people around the Grade I listed Long Mill and West Mill.


Andrew's project is an inspirational one; a model of how to breathe new life into a decaying, vacant historic mill. Three floors of the Long Mill are now a wedding venue, which is an excellent fit because the large open spaces of the mill floors remain undivided. The stone access staircases, fireproof doors and metal sheathing to the ceilings are all retained and speak eloquently of the buildings origins.


TV reporter and presenter, James Roberson, also joined the tour; clips from which will feature on East Midlands Today sometime between now and Christmas.


Many thanks to all who came along and to those who contributed to a fascinating tour.

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