Thursday, June 09, 2011

High Peak - Part Three

On to part three of our visit to New Mills.  After our visit to the Heritage Centre and our walk around the town which included a visit to both the indoor and outdoor market and a browse in the bookshop - we can't not browse in a bookshop if there is one to be browsed in - we headed back down the path and steps to the  valley towards the ruins of the Torr Factory and the viaducts over the river.

I loved the atmosphere down here - surrounded by the ruins and the tall viaducts.  It felt protected and had a quiet magnificence about it - almost like being in the ruins of somewhere very ancient; like an old abbey or stately home.

I think industrial buildings have an appeal and grandeur all of their own.

These are the ruins of the old Torr Factory built around 1790 for the Schofield family and originally known as Schofield's Mill.  It was destroyed by fire in 1838 and rebuilt with the addition of a steam engine in 1846.  Cotton production stopped in 1890 and the mill became a fustian cutting firm until it was again destroyed by fire in 1912. The area alongside the river is known as The Riverside Park and also as 'the Park under the town'.  We are hoping to visit again before too long and walk along the Sett Valley trail to the village of Hayfield.

Below is the Torrs Hydro-Electric plant.  It is the first community-owned plant in this country and produces enough energy to supply the local Co-op supermarket  with any surplus being re-sold to the National Grid.  It uses the power of a small weir in the gorge and is known as 'Archie' because it uses a device known as a 'Reverse Archimedes screw'.

In case you were worried about the fish in the rivers getting caught up in the device there is apparently a 'fish-pass' under the steps to the right of the screw turbine.


  1. Great photos, it looks so beautiful thanks for sharing :)

    Bee happy x
    Have a delicious day!

  2. ah, they were working on that last time we were there so everything was in a bit of a mess and all fenced off! Nice to see the end result!

  3. It looks like a really interesting place with lots of things to see and do. I don't think I could pass the book shop by either!

  4. The viaducts looks lovely. My sis was camoing at Hayfield once and we visited her (as we were camping over the other side if the big hill near Castleton). Its a lovely place. I would have been in the book shop too. xxx

  5. I'm so enjoying my 'virtual tour' with you ~ thank you so much for your wonderful photos and taking the time to share so much of the history too! Love Brenda

  6. I, too, love the ruins. We saw Roman ones when we were in Cumbria two years ago. xo Jenny

  7. I have just discovered your blog and how I love it. I am a Canadian who has a best friend who is from London. I also have two cousins who live in the UK, one in London and one who lives in Whales. I love your photos and some day I hope to visit your wonderful country. I will be stopping by your blog whenever I can.