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Milford - West Milford Part 01
w/e 25 January 2015
All of this week's pictures were taken with a Kodak DX6490
Milford

Village SignInterpretation BoardThe village sign (left) at the approach from the south proudly proclaims that Milford lies within the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site and an interpretation board (right) near the end of Chevin Road details some of the village's history. A leaflet that can be downloaded from the Derwent Valley Mills website describes three short Heritage Walks around the village of which this is the first.

History of Milford

This section of the interpretation board titled The History of Milford serves well as an introduction to all three walks, the first of which looks at the part of the village that lies to the west of the River Derwent.

Chevin Road

The board is situated near the apex of a triangle of land where Chevin Road meets Derby Road which is the main A6 road from Derby and the south through Belper to the north.

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Strutt Arms

1901The majority of this first walk centres on Chevin Road and Sunny Hill but it begins in the opposite direction with a short excursion to the south along Derby Road. Jedediah Strutt and his sons had started their cotton spinning business a little to the north in Belper and they expanded into Milford and adjoining Makeney in the 1780s building and buying properties for their workers in the process. Across Derby Road from the interpretation board the name of the Strutt family responsible for the development of this industrial community is forever encapsulated in the Strutt Arms Hotel which was built in 1901 on the site of an old farmhouse.

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Mount Pleasant

On the opposite side of the road to the Strutt Arms and just a few steps further along is Mount Pleasant. I couldn't make it out myself but apparently the gable end is dated 1672 although it is believed that the building may be even earlier than that. For sure though it is one of the oldest houses in Milford.

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Milford House

Next to Mount Pleasant is the drive to Milford House Care Home which can be seen here towards the left of this image. Milford House was the Strutt family home for over a century being built for Jedediah in 1792.

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Social Club

The walk now returns along Derby Road and into Chevin Road where at the foot of Sunny Hill is the Milford Social Club. This has for a long time been a gathering place for the community and has undergone a number of name changes. Originally it was the New Inn, later becoming the Beehive and then in 1902, it was converted by George Herbert Strutt into the Milford Institute and Reading Room. Now in the twenty-first century it is still fulfilling a community service in the village.

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Royal Oak

Another former public house standing a little further up Sunny Hill was the Royal Oak and this held a licence to sell alcohol until the 1950s.

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Adjoining House

The former pub and the adjoining houses were built on a plot of land owned by the Bate family after a plot of common land was allotted to their father when the common land was enclosed.

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The Barracks

Diagonally across from this plot on Sunny Hill entry to numbers 15 to 23 is via the passage on the left above whilst numbers 25 to 37 are accessed by the entry seen on the right. This single row of properties was built back-to-back by entrepreneurs between 1791 and 1824 and it is thought it housed single mill workers who were living away from home. This gave rise to it being named locally as The Barracks.

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Stone Houses

Many of the other stone houses on Sunny Hill were also built by entrepreneurs after 1792 but were later sold to another member of the Strutt family, Anthony Redford Strutt, again to house workers at the mills.

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Stephensons' Tower

It's a good climb to the top of the hill but the object of the ascent is to see the Stephensons' Tower. The tower stands on private land and there is no public access to it but it stands directly over the Chevin railway tunnel. It was built circa 1839 by George and Robert Stephenson, Chief Engineers of the North Midland Railway Company and was used to signal to locomotive drivers that the single track tunnel was clear to enter. When the track was duelled, carriages were still open and it was still used as a signalling tower to prevent two engines being in the tunnel at the same time so that passengers would not be affected by excessive smoke.

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In the second part of this walk, we will return down Sunny Hill to see more of Chevin Road before returning to the interpretation board and the start of the second walk.
To be continued.

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