The Strutts
in Belper

East Lodge

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East Lodge in focus

A gatehouse lodge built circa 1800 in Belper, Derbyshire, UK, at the start of the industrial revolution in the silk and cotton industries.
The date was probably circa 1810, when Lodge Drive was opened. Prior to that existing maps show the entry was just round the corner in Belper Lane, through the terrace archway.
The links with Rhode Island, USA, are explained.

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View of East Lodge

This is the site of Gerry (Gerald) and Linda Knight, the previous occupants of East Lodge, a grade II building which dates from the late 18th / early 19th century, the beginning of the industrial revolution in the UK. It was a gate-house to an estate of George Benson, one of Jedediah Strutt's sons. Strutt was one of the key industrialists who automated the production of silk and advanced cotton hosiery in fireproof buildings using water power from a novel weir system. Richard Arkwright and Strutt were two of the industrialists who worked in the area of Belper, Derbyshire, UK, part of the Derwent Valley World Heritage site. Strutt helped to provide work for the child worker's parents by developing the very old local industry of nail making. The links with Samuel Slater, Pawtucket, Rhode Island, the industrial development in the USA and poetry are explained. Linda, an accomplished gardener, artist and poet has included some of her work on linked pages. Views of East Lodge's award winning garden are on "Links with Pawtucket"