Our thriving town of Belper became one of the first mill-towns in the late eighteenth century and was pivotal to the world's mighty industrial revolution.
Sir Richard Arkwright played an important role when he, and industrialist Jedediah Strutt built a water-powered cotton mill in Belper: the second in the world at the time. In 1771, the partners built the world's first water-powered mill at Cromford and installed the first steam engine to be used in a cotton mill at Haarlem Mill in Wirksworth. He went to build factories at Manchester, Matlock Bath (Masson Mills), Bath and New Lanark.
Arkwright's achievements are widely recognised. He served ashigh sheriffofDerbyshireand was knighted in 1786. He died at Rock House, Cromford, on 3 August 1792 and was buried at St. Giles Church in Matlock.
Arkwright's Real Ale Bar was once part of the Strutt Club, a private members club next door.
The premises have been gutted and refitted with a new bar, new beer cellar, an authentic open fire and vintage ale house artwork to make make any member of the beer drinking fraternity feel at home.
Arkwright's: Belper's only Real Ale Bar will open its doors on 22 November 2013 from 4pm until 11pm on weekdays and from 12pm at the weekend.