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Local HistoryMon, 19th August 2019

Local History

New Mills is in the High Peak of Derbyshire and has a population of just over 10000.  Local authority services are provided by Derbyshire County Council, High Peak Borough Council and New Mills Town Council and part of the town’s 2000 hectares (5000 acres) are within the Peak District National Park.

New Mills is home to various businesses, but most famously Swizzles Matlows located on Albion Road has been producing Love Hearts and Drum Stick Lollies in New Mills since 1940. 

New Mills lies where the rivers Sett and Goyt join to become one of the principal tributaries of the River Mersey.  The rivers flow through the town in a spectacular gorge, the Torrs which is the home of the Millennium Walkway and the Archimedean screw.  The Peak Forest Canal also passes through the town.

New Mills was designated as High Peak’s first fairtrade town in 2006.

New Mills was also the first town in the localised area to create a Community Orchard, the Orchard has been recognised through a number of awards including several Derbyshire County Council ‘Excellence in the Community’ Awards  and being one of only eleven Green Flag Innovation awards in the country, as well as featuring in Government publications..  The Orchard is situated on a piece of Town Council Land know as Seddon’s Field.  Seddon’s Fieldis located to the side of High Lea Park on of 17 parks and recreation ground’s tended by the Town Council’s Parks Department.

New Mills has a Heritage and Information Centre this was opened in 1988.  It includes a shop and café (which sells publications, maps, trail guides gifts and confectionary).  New Mills Town Council is the Governing Body who funds the Heritage Centre which is run by a Council Member of Staff, and a whole host of volunteers.

A number of annual events, all of which are supported in some way by the Town Council, attract thousands of townspeople and visitors.  High Lea Park is the venue for two major events – The One World Festival in July and the New Mills Town Council Community  Bonfire and Firework Display in November both events are free to attend.  New Mills Parade and Fete has a carnival parade of floats in June and the New Mills festival fortnight in September concludes with the spectacular lantern parade through the Torrs.  Late November see the town’s Christmas Switch on which takes place at the Town Hall with a street fair on Market Street along with late night opening.