After spending some time at Cromford Mills we walked down a footpath to St. Mary's Church. Originally this was built to be used as Richard Arkwright's private family chapel and members of the family are buried in the family vault or in the churchyard. Although the church was closed we enjoyed the walk by the river bank and around the church grounds.
Daughter and I wandered about taking photos.
This old ironwork arch had been decorated
with fresh white carnations and greenery
for a recent wedding.
Over the way on Mill Lane is one of the water channels
of Cromford Canal Wharf.
It was built across part of the grounds of
Richard Arkwright's residence, Rock House.
The restored c 1794 counting house and canal wharf office
are now an art studio and a cafe.
The Arkwright Society has renovated the buildings and
many of the original architectural features have been
retained such as the old wooden crane
and the canopies that kept the goods dry as
they were loaded or unloaded.
It's a pleasant place to sit for a while or
take a walk along the towpath.