In November our Fabric of the North venue faced an unprecedented challenge, when the River Derwent reached its highest level ever recorded. The millrace which passes through Cromford Mills was a swirling torrent, within inches of overflowing. Sandbags were placed at all of the building's entrances, but fortunately the rain subsided in time for the risk of flooding to be averted.
St. Mary’s church, immediately below the Mills, had an even closer shave (see photo). The river burst its banks, but again the waters stopped just short of the church. Nearby Matlock was not so lucky.
Thanks to Colin Moss and David Witham for the report and photo.