Torr Vale Mill

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Torr Vale Mill
Torr Vale Mill, alongside The River Goyt, Millennium Walkway and Hope Valley line
Torr Vale Mill is located in Derbyshire
Torr Vale Mill
Location within Derbyshire
Spinning Weaving (Watermill)
Serving canal Peak Forest Canal
Serving railway Hope Valley line
Coordinates 53°21′53″N 2°00′12″W / 53.3648°N 2.0032°W / 53.3648; -2.0032
Built 1790
Floor count 5
Floor area 800 square metres (8,600 sq ft)
Design team
Awards and prizes and listings Grade II* listed[1]
Water Power
Wheels 2 (decommissioned)

Torr Vale Mill is a Grade II* listed[1] former cotton mill located in New Mills, Derbyshire, England. It is sited on a small rocky outcrop at the bottom of the Torrs gorge in a bend of the River Goyt.

The mill was built in the late 1780s, by Daniel Strafford and was known as Stratford's mill. It was powered by two waterwheels to spin and weave cotton. It was rebuilt in 1856 and a steam engine was added. It continued to be driven by steam and water till the 1940s when electricity took over.[2] It was still in use producing towelling products until December 2000, the longest continuous period of cotton production in the UK. Since 1998 there have been various plans by the new owner, Chemquip Ltd., to renovate and develop the mill. This is now well underway and the new events floor has been used extensively by the community for a wide range of events.. The Torr Vale Mill Preservation Trust in May 2001 and The Princes Regeneration Trust has also been seeking a solution.

In 2000 Torr Vale Mill was depicted on Royal Mail postage stamps to commemorate the Millennium Walkway in the Torrs Gorge. From this walkway, on the opposite side of the Gorge, dramatic views of the Mill may be had. In 2001 a fire destroyed one of the buildings of the mill. The mill remains in a lamentable state and, though now better secured, is at risk of further fire and vandalism. In 2010, Chad Bevan, a New Mills resident, won the Munro Trophy in the Derbyshire Open Arts Competition[3] for his painting of the decaying Torr Vale Mill, the title being 'Lowes Mill'.[4]

The Mill is on the English Heritage Heritage at Risk Register of Listed Buildings at risk through disuse and disrepair.[5] The local Heritage Centre Trust is actively engaged in trying to secure the future of this abandoned building.

Torr Vale Mill in 1982, when the mill was still in use.
Torr Vale Mill in 1982, when the mill was still in use.