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Arkwright family pedigree

Arkwright & His Cotton Mill

Engraving of Willersley Castle

Willersley, 1931.
Slightly altered

Willersley Castle Terrace, 1933

"Willersley Castle occupies a wonderful position in Matlock Dale, high above the Derwent, with views embracing the Heights of Abraham, Masson Hill, High Tor and other giants of the Peak. Before the lodge gates stretches the beautiful length of the dale immortalised by George Eliot as "the turn of the road to Cromford", and esteemed by the artists of Pilkington's day to be "the most compleat piece of scenery in the whole valley".

It is characteristic of the great inventive genius if Sir Richard Arkwright, that in spite of a massive obstruction of rock (which had to be removed before building could begin), he should have realised the possibilities of the site as a setting for his eighteenth century mansion"[1].

You may like to view more information on this website about the Arkwright family:
Matlock Biographies See ARKWRIGHT
Description of ARKWRIGHT Coat of Arms
Arkwright Family MI's
Matlock and Matlock Bath Trades Directories & Census
Cromford, DBY : Trades Directories
Wolley Manuscripts, Matlock
'The Beauties of England and Wales' (1802), cotton manufacturing, the mills, Willersley & the surrounding area, Sir Richard Arkwright
Cromford Church and Bridge - this is on the opposite side of the River Derwent and is where several members of the Arkwright family are buried

Photograph of Willersley from the 1927 sale catalogue[1] in the collection of and © Ann Andrews.
It is only because of the interest of a lady called Kate who lives on Vancouver Island that it is presented here. Kate spotted the catalogue in a local shop and most generously sent it to sent me - which is how the image comes to be on this site.
Researched, written by and © Ann Andrews.
Intended for personal use only


[1] From the foreword of "A Catalogue of the Contents of the Mansion Willersley Castle, Matlock Bath", Knight Frank & Rutley (1927)