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From the 13th Century onwards, Belper was an important centre of nail-making, and it was even said that Belper-made nails were the finest in the country. In 1778, it was chosen by Jedediah Strutt as the site of the world's third cotton mill, supplementing the two already built by Strutt's business partner Richard Arkwright at Cromford. Over time, it also became home to many other well-known industries and companies. These included knitwear manufacturers Brettle's, Jaeger and Blount's, lubricant producer Silkolene, cleaning products manufacturer Deb (creators of Swarfega) and confectioners Thornton's. As with many other former industrial towns, the majority of these older companies have now closed or moved elsewhere. Today, the town is part of the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site, and contains many important historic buildings and structures.

The East Mill

The North and East Mills

Belper Bridge and the River Derwent

Heage Windmill

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