|North Mill, Belper|
|Belper nailmaker, North Mill.|
Belper was traditionally home to the framework knitting and nail-making industries. North Mill, Belper has a wonderful collection of textile machinery, so do take the time to explore it if you can. The museum has many more machines than I've been able to show you here, and some social history displays.
Stockings were formerly knitted from silk on machines, but the Strutt family invented an improvement to the frame so that ribbed stockings could be knitted from either silk or cotton (the Derby rib). Ribbed stockings were more elastic and easier to wear than former designs.
|Stocking frame, North Mill.|
|Spinning Jenny, North Mill.|
Arkwright's first cotton-spinning mill was built at Cromford (1771); Jedediah Strutt's own cotton-spinning mill (the South Mill) in Belper, powered by water, was founded in about 1776; the North Mill was completed about a decade later.
|Arkwright's waterframe, North Mill.|