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Wednesday 21 February 2024

Derby then & now : Museum of making (Silk Mill) fading from 1913 to 2024

I present my latest fading Derby then and now video. This is a view of the Museum of making and I have matched the view exactly with one taken here in 1913 so you can see how it used to look if you were a time traveller.

I bet a lot of people didn't even realise that a very long time ago water used to flow down the side of the Silk Mill building through a mill race under a bridge where the Bakewell gates are sited.
I hope my Then & now has taught you something you didn't know.

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Feel free to share to Facebook, X (Twitter) or to anyone you think would like to see it. This is one of many in my collection of fading then and now videos, Ive been making high accuracy then and now photographs for 20 years. 


The Robert Bakewell gates (made 1725) were reinstated to their original orientation and position in 2020, previously they had were in line with the entrance to the then "Industrial museum" where they were placed in 1984, before that they had been sited next to the old central library in the Wardwick since 1928.

Derby Silk Mill is widely regarded as the site of the world’s first modern factory.
Lombe's Mill was built next to Thomas Cotchett's 1704 mill on the west bank of the River Derwent in Derby. At this point a weir had been constructed across the river, and the mill was built on an island downstream which separated the river from the tail race of three corn mills. The tail race was also called a fleam or a leat.

The museum is located on the former site of Lombe's Mill, a historic silk mill which marks the southern end of the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site.

Photo A taken : 1913 Postcard
Photo B taken : 18th February 2024
Time elapsed : 111 years

Derby Past & Present - in fading Photographs.
High quality resolution fading photos showing local scenes as they were and how they are today from exactly the same view point. Then and now, Now and then, Past and Present, Old and New, Before and After. Call it what you want, just try one and see the effect!

See my Google Streetview 360 degree photograph of the Bakewell gates (2.2 Million views) : 

The presentations you can see here are the result of many hours of work put in by myself ensuring that the old and new photographs line up precisely, I don't publish any if I'm not 100% happy with the match. 

Please note that the Then & now section on my website is currently in need of a revamp as they were all created back in 2005 using Flash and this is no longer supported so I will have to recreate all of my work again using a different method. In the meantime I'm publishing them on my YouTube channel like this one.


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