Building record MDR16307 - 20-26, Market Place, Cromford

Type and Period (1)

  • (Georgian to Late 20th Century - 1767 AD to 1999 AD)

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A Grade II listed row of shops dating to the late 18th century, with 19th and 20th century alterations, built of regularly-coursed squared gritstone blocks beneath a hipped roof with a Welsh slate covering, laid to diminishing courses and with a lead ridge and hip ridges. The range now accommodates four shop units, although early photographs show a different arrangement. There remain three units with stone stall risers, above which are set shop windows of differing designs. No.26 retains a ten-pane window, which conforms to the pattern of window shown in an early photograph of this shop front. The shop fronts are set beneath a substantial projection of the roof line, which provided the shops with a continuous canopy. Above the shop windows was a space occupied by ventilation louvres, which also appears to have been used to accommodate the raising of the vertical sash windows of the shop fronts. The end and rear elevations are devoid of openings. The shops formed part of the late 18th century development of a market place to serve the population of Sir Richard Arkwright's industrial community at Cromford. They are a rare 18th century example of purpose-built shops, and are an important component of The Market Place, forming an important group with the adjacent Greyhound Hotel [SMR9737]. (1)

Sources/Archives (1)

  • <1> Listed Building File: Historic England. 2011. The National Heritage List for England. NHLE No. 1267895.



Grid reference Centred SK 2953 5694 (19m by 10m)
World Heritage Site Derwent Valley Mills

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Dec 21 2018 9:27AM

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