RepositoryDerbyshire Record Office
Archive Reference / Library Class No.D4820
TitleArkwright family of Willersley
DescriptionTitle deeds.
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Archive CreatorArkwright family of Willersley
Administrative HistoryOriginally named Willersley Hall, Richard Arkwright purchased the estate from Thomas Hallet Hodges in 1782, and had architect William Thomas design him a Georgian style castellated house. The house overlooked Arkwright's mill in Cromford. In 1791 as the house was nearly complete, fire damaged the interior and Arkwright died the following year so never saw it completed. Yet in 1796 his son, Richard Arkwright junior, moved into Willersley Castle and made in the family seat, and concentrated on renovating the gardens. The Arkwright family continued to live at Willersley Castle until 1922. The estate was later bought in 1927 by Methodists and converted into a Methodist Guild holiday centre. During WWII the house was used a maternity hospital by the Salvation Army, after they had to evacuate their hospital in London. Today it is a Christian Guild Hotel.
Custodial HistoryAcquired by Derbyshire Record Office in 1998
Organisation Sub-TypeFamily and estate
RelatedMaterialThe records of the Mothers' Hospital of the Salvation Army 1862-1986, including in relation to Willersley Castle, are held at St Barts Health NHS Trust Archives and Museums, under reference SBHF.

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