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Belper is a small but lively market town that has its origins as a former Georgian Mill Town. It lies in the Derwent Valley district of Derbyshire, 8 miles north of Derby.

Belper around 1740 had a population of only around 500. With the arrival of Jedediah Strutt and his famous cotton mills, this figure rose to around the 8000 mark by 1830. The cotton mills are the reason behind such a rapid growth. Originally there were 5 water powered cotton mills, of which now only one remains, the North Mill. This now houses the Derwent Valley Visitor Centre that exhibits the various developments of the Mills and the community that developed around them. Also standing is the East Mill that was built in 1912, a huge 7 storey building of red brick that looms over the town. This stands on the side of the River Derwent alongside a picturesque waterfall. There are other numerous places of interest to visit in Belper including the George Brettle Warehouse from 1834 and the Herbett Strutt school built in 1909. Belpers River gardens too are well worth a visit to drift away from the busy town that houses a modern set of shops and amenities, including a great variety of pub and places to eat and stay.




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