Listed Building record MDR11190 - East and West Terrace, Hopping Hill, Milford

Type and Period (2)

  • (Georgian to Victorian - 1820 AD to 1900 AD)
  • (Georgian to Victorian - 1820 AD to 1900 AD)

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Full Description

East and West Terrace are Grade II buildings built between 1800 and 1819 by the Strutts for their workers. They are one block of back to back terraced housing on a steep hillslope at right angles to Shaw Lane constructed from coursed stone with a slate roof and brick chimneys. They have an ingenious interlocking plan with the cellars of every other house on each side dug into the hillside and each pair of houses occupying an area of only 20 ft x 21 ft. The East Terrace is of three storeys, the West Terrace two storeys. A buttress at the north-west end adjoins No 14. The houses are approached by a stone walled footpath along each side from Shaw Lane and by steps from Derby Road. There are stone garden walls and the terraced gardens to the West Terrace have stone retaining walls. (1) The back-to-back Hopping Hill Terrace was built by the Strutts between 1818 and 1820. The terrace is built into a steep hill side. The east side (nine double-fronted houses) is of two storeys. On the west side (14 houses) the houses are of three storeys. They are built of coursed stone with slate roofs and brick chimneys. In an ingenious interlocking plan the cellars of every other house on each side are dug into the hill side. Some iron casements and sash windows survive. The approach to this terrace can be made by a substantial stone staircase flanked by enormous coursed stone walls and iron posts. Each house also had a garden plot divided again by substantial stone walls and steps. Some small stone-built sheds survive in the gardens, probably originally earth closet lavatories. At the north end of the terrace a wide stone paved embanked chute from the road enabled carts to tip their loads into the yard. (2) East and West Terrace is a terrace of back to back cottages built on the east side of the valley in Milford. Constructed at a date between 1813 and 1820, the Terrace is one of the most interesting of the remarkable collection of 'Industrial Revolution' mill-workers' houses in the Derwent Valley. The Terrace's significance lies in the evident care taken in designing the cottages, their yards and gardens on a challengingly steep site. The cottage interiors are arranged with three different types of layout and include overlapping plans. While in the hands of the Strutt family until after World War II, the spaces, both external and internal, remained remarkably little altered; however there has been substantial rate of change over the past three or four decades as the cottages have changed hands. (3)

Sources/Archives (3)

  • <1> Listed Building File: Historic England. 2011. The National Heritage List for England. List entry number 1335295.
  • <2> Unpublished document: Derwent Valley Mills (DVM) Nomination Steering Panel. 2000. Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage List Nomination Document. p 72, illust..
  • <3> Unpublished document: Rodney Melville & Partners. 2007. East and West Terrace, Hopping Hill, Milford. Conservation Plan..



Grid reference Centred SK 3510 4544 (98m by 84m)
World Heritage Site Derwent Valley Mills

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Mar 10 2020 3:25PM

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