About Via Gellia Mill – Business Offices in Cromford
The original mill, constructed of derbyshire stone was completed at the end of the 18th century. An additional building made of the more modern brick and mortar was added in 1866. The famous entrepreneur and an original founder of the industrial revolution, Richard Arkwright constructed this mill following the success of the larger development in Cromford (now a site of national heritage) The Cromford mill was the world’s first large scale water powered industrial cotton mill. In 1983 it was converted into a commercial complex for business offices in Cromford.
It is claimed by some sources that a route through the Via Gellia wooded valley was in use to transport stone from the Gell quarries to Hopton as far back as 1720. The valley takes it’s name from Phillip Eyre Gell a baronet of the council of Derbyshire who built the road through the valley in 1790. Today the Via Gellia road is referred to as the A5012. Viyella is a world famous wool and cotton composite that was originally produced at the mill when it was taken over in 1890 by Hollins & Company. At the end of its production life the mill was sold (1983) and converted into the current business unit site (search term – business offices in Cromford).
Via Gellia Mill
Cromford is a village situated just under 1.5 miles from the highly renowned village of Matlock Bath located in the Derbyshire Dales. The current population is recorded as 1521. Many of the houses in the village were constructed to accommodate the industrial workers employed at the Arkwright Mill. The railway station is approximately half a mile from the village centre with a hourly weekday and weekend service to and from Derby.
Points of Interest
Resturants / Food Outlets
There is a formidable selection of cafes and restaurants in the village including a very popular local fish bar. The mill business complex also has a cafe serving hot food from 10:00 until 17:00 weekdays.
The post office in Cromford is located on the Scarthin road next to the village pond. There is a travel money exchange service for Euros only along with travel ticket purchasing, banking and parcel force delivery services.
There are 3 hotels in Cromford, these are the Greyhound Hotel, Willersley Castle Hotel and Alison House Hotel. There is an 18th century guest house (bed and breakfast) opposite the Via Gellia Mill called ‘The Pig of Lead’
Scissors and co. and Changes Hair Design are the village’s two hair styling salons. They are open Tuesday to Friday 09:00 until 17:00, Saturday 08:30 – 13:00
Garage - MOT
There are two garages in Cromford in close proximity offering MOT checks domestic and light commercial vehicles along with clutch replacement, servicing and repair work.
Places of Interest (Matlock)
Cromford is a historic town featuring the Arkwright ‘Cromford’ Mill which is now a World Heritage Site. The neighbouring village of Matlock bath is a tourist hotspot with numerous local attractions.