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Arkwright family pedigree



Arkwright
Arkwright & His Cotton Mill



Engraving of Willersley Castle



Contents sale notice



What happened to the Lovers' Walks after the sale



Frederic Charles Arkwright died in 1923. Four years later the Arkwright family's home in Derbyshire, Willersley Castle, together with its estate of around 290 acres, was sold by auction. The property had been advertised for sale by private treaty for some considerable time but had failed to attract a buyer[1]. The image above shows the sale notice for the estate that was printed on the last page of the catalogue[2]

From the advertisement we can see that as well as the mansion, its grounds and lodges the Arkwrights owned two dairy properties - the Home Farm and Willersley Cottage Farm. Also for sale were Lovers' Walks and land around Matlock Bath Station as well as the colour mills in Cromford, the manager's house and the Troy Laundry. The mining and quarry land they owned was not specified, nor was the ground rent they received detailed. The land near Matlock Bath Station was proposed as building land, though it was not built on.

The contents of the house were also disposed of.


From the 1927 sale catalogue[2] 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 by and © Ann Andrews.
Intended for personal use only

References:

[1] "Derby Daily Telegraph," 15 March 1927.
[2] From "A Catalogue of the Contents of the Mansion Willersley Castle, Matlock Bath", Knight Frank & Rutley (1927)