Excellent museum hidden in a picturesque and peaceful part of Bakewell. Built during the reign of Henry VIII, the museum was originally a tax collector's cottage. The house was made much bigger and converted into a gentleman's residence during the reign of Elizabeth I. In 1777 Richard Arkwright, founder of the modern factory system, divided the Old House into five cottages for workers at the mill. They provided adequate accommodation, but by the 1950s the cottages were condemned as unfit for human habitation. Scheduled for demolition, the house was saved by the Bakewell and District Historical Society who converted the house to its current use.
October 2, 2018
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