Derwent Valley Mills

CountryUnited Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
UNESCO RegionEurope and North America
LocationDerbyshire, England
CoordinatesN53 1 44 W1 29 17
Inscription Date2001
Property (ha)1,229
Buffer Zone (ha)4,363
Type of HeritageCultural
CriteriaTo exhibit an important interchange of human values - over a span of time or within a cultural area of the world - on developments in architecture or technology; monumental arts; town-planning or landscape design
CriteriaTo be an outstanding example of a type of building; architectural or technological ensemble or landscape which illustrates (a) significant stage(s) in human history
Unesco Reference Number1030
DescriptionThe Derwent Valley in central England contains a series of 18th- and 19th- century cotton mills and an industrial landscape of high historical and technological interest. The modern factory owes its origins to the mills at Cromford, where Richard Arkwright's inventions were first put into industrial-scale production. The workers' housing associated with this and the other mills remains intact and illustrate the socio-economic development of the area.
StatusWorld Heritage Site