Son of Cromford mill owner Sir Richard Arkwright to get blue plaque honour

The son of one of Derbyshire’s best-known entrepreneurs has had a blue plaque unveiled in his honour by Derbyshire County Council.

The plaque, to commemorate Richard Arkwright Junior’s life and works was unveiled by the leader of the county council and cabinet member for culture Cllr Andrew Lewer.

A descendant of the famous mill owner will also joined the celebrations at Arkwright’s former home Lumford House – in the grounds of the mill he built and ran in Bakewell.

Richard Arkwright Junior was the son of the brilliant industrialist credited with creating the modern factory system in Cromford.

But he is well known in his own right – as the commercial brains behind his father’s mills, successfully expanding the family’s empire.

His is the 5th blue plaque to be unveiled by the county council as part of its scheme to celebrate the important people and places of Derbyshire.

He was nominated by the Bakewell and District Historical Society and following a public vote, was chosen as one of six people to get a plaque.

Council leader and cabinet member for culture Councillor Andrew Lewer said he was pleased to be honouring one of the county’s greatest sons.

“His father may have been credited with transforming the way this country worked but his son, Richard Jnr, was also vital to the family’s success,” he said.