Visit to Amber Mill, Toadhill Furnace


Photos: Before and after images at Amber Mill


Last month some of the DHBT team paid a visit to the Amber Mill Furniture Retail Enterprise Centre in Toadhill Furnace.


This grade 2 listed building built by Daniel Hopkinson in 1817, (his initials and date are inscribed over the arch windows), was initially used as a mustard mill. After the demise of the mustard mill, the building was subsequently purchased by The Amber Mill Furniture Manuf. Co .Ltd. established 1909, for the manufacture of traditional furniture.

The Amber Mil Furniture Manuf. Co. Ltd continued manufacturing furniture until the late 1980s.

Since then it has remained empty until now, when it has been restored, retaining the charm of the original building with help of dedicated local artisans.

The fabric of the mill has been sympathetically cleaned and pointed inside and out to enhance the coursed squared sandstone with sandstone dressings which is quintessential of Derbyshire architecture.

The entire mill has undergone total renovation, including a new roof, a specially designed sweeping fabricated staircase inside, rewiring, plumbing, new hardwood windows in the original style, plus the installation of a klargester, (no mains drainage within Toadhole Furnace), as well as super-fast broadband. The outside space has been landscaped to accommodate a generous carparking area.

The Mill will now provide light, flexible space to enable start-ups and local entrepreneurs to promote their own businesses in convivial surroundings.

Many thanks to Ann for taking the time to show us around and talk to us about the development. Those involved include:

Architect - Tim Nutter

Building control - Peter Mandell

Overall building construction Clive Gibson

Joinery Alfreton – John Hunt

Drainage and landscaping - Graham Wright

Dry stone walling and stone work . – Shaun Graney. Peter Standley, Mick Goulty, Richard Bradbury and Des Watkinson

Fabrications – Universal Fabrications

Upton Electrical – Robert Upton

Central heating - J.J. Plumbing – Jonathan Bates

Broadband – w3z Broadband


Photo: Members of the DHBT inside the upper floor of the Mill, which will be available to rent as open plan office space.

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