Heritage Tours


Carpenter House, Millthrope, nr Sheffield

Join us on our heritage tours to Bakewell Old House Museum, Millthorpe village and Cromford Mills UNESCO world heritage site.  We will be taking guided tours about cotton and textile at the Bakewell Old House Museum. Our team is working hard to identify and recruit guides with a special interest in India, we might get lucky! Or else there is plenty to go with from our researcher who is working hard to uncover links between the cotton industry in the Peak District and India.

Visit to the Old House Museum in Bakewell:

As the Arkwright industries expanded many mills were set up, Lumford Mill [now a business park] was one of them. The Old House museum is a historic building where the workers who worked at Lumford Mill lived. We will be visiting the museum and going on a guided tour learning and exploring textiles and cotton. There are areas in the cottages where workers cleaned raw cotton, coming from India. We will have the opportunity to explore the similarities and differences between workers lives and textiles in England and the Indian sub-continent. We will learn about the journey that the Indian cotton made in its transformation into textiles.

Our second coach tour will be to Cromford Mills UNESCO world heritage site, there too we will be getting guided tours with plenty of opportunity to learn about the history of the Mills, the region and its economy and the personality that looms large in this field – Richard Arkwright, entreprenuer and owner of a number of patents, and the one who got rich from cotton and water! We will endeavour to get experts, and members of the Arkwright society to get speak to the group, there will be plenty of opportunity to chat and develop friendships!

Visit to Cromford Mills and village:

The Cromford Mills complex is an early textile factory with mills, warehouses and workshops. A village was developed nearby to house workers who worked at the factory. As the birthplace of the industrial revolution Cromford Mills has had far-reaching impact. By visiting this industrial heritage which is now one of the key landmarks in the 15 mile corridor UNESCO World Heritage mills corridor, we, the members of the Indian community will learn about trade and innovation that took place here when it was a cotton mill, developed by Richard Arkwright. We will learn more about where the raw material came from and where it went once it was finished. We will explore the significance of this heritage to the history of movement of goods between Britain and its Indian colony. The impact that Indian cotton had on the economic development  and the environment of the English countryside will be explored.

The coach trip to Millthorpe will be unique as the hamlet is not a big tourist area and there are no organised tours, ours will be bespoke and we will elicit the help of the Carpenter enthusiasts, Rony Robinson and Sally have kindly agreed to assist us. With the help of the ranger service, the organisers will chart out a route that will take in a good part of the National Park which is only a tiny distance away from Millthrope and we will walk around the Carpenter house, visit the house (it is privately owned but we are in touch with the owner) the pub, and the church and then go on to the moors of the Peak District National Park, if we look hard we might even spot deer on Big Moor!

Visit to the hamlet of Millthorpe near Sheffield:

We aim to experience the historic landscape and surroundings of the Peak District which borders the hamlet where Edward Carpenter, the socialist and campaigner lived for nearly 40 years. We want to experience and explore how he lived amidst nature, ‘taking in the open air’, braving the ‘the hardiness of sun and wind’. We will visit his house [now a Bed and Breakfast] and the hut that he built by the stream and beneath the Scots pine. We will take a walk around the village passing by the pub where he played the piano on Sundays and the churchyard at Holmesfield where his friends graves lie. The walk will lead us into the maginificient Peak District and we will explore what this landscape meant to Carpenter. Peak District rangers will help with route planning etc and will accompany us on the walk. Armed with knowledge from our archive research, we will identify and explore Carpenter’s life and love in the Peak District, Millthorpe and Bradway and how this was influenced by Hinduism.

To sign up, contact sheffield.hindu.samaj.culture@gmail.com

PHASE 2 TOURS [Updated March 2014)

Trip to Calver, Belper and Cromford Mills  ( 31st May 2014)

Trip to Bakewell and Glosssop ( 5th July 2014)  



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