This Mill is one of a series built by the fourth Duke of Portland, known as “Leatherbreeches” in the late 1700s and early 1800s. in a record of 1832, seven mills were described as” extensive cotton mills”, each with their capacious dams of crystal water, reflecting the buildings and the adjacent hills,” one of these seven was Hermitage Mill. Built in 1782 it was the first mill to be built on the Maun after the 'Arkwright revolution'. Richard Arkwright introduced the first water-wheel-powered, mechanised spinning frame in 1771 at Cromford Mil. The mill still stands today, until recently used by a building supplies company.

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