Updated 21 Jan 2009
WIRKSWORTH Parish Records 1600-1900
Rock House, Cromford. View of the North side in Mill Lane,
showing early 19th Century extension at the right. It is
a listed grade II building
Ariel view of Rock House, with the Mill on the left
and the end of Cromford canal and wharf on the right.
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Rock House, Cromford.
Rock House was built about 1776 by Peter Nightingale for
Sir Richard Arkwright. The House is next to
Arkwright's first cotton mill, and is a three storey brick and ashlar
building on a cliff overlooking the mills.
In 1789 Arkwright purchased an estate at Willersley from Peter Nighingale
and began to build a castle for himself and his family.
Unfortunately, just as Willersley Castle was completed, it was partially
destroyed by fire in 1790, and the Arkwrights had to wait another
two years while it was rebuilding. Sir Richard died at 60 in 1792, before
he could ever live in the Castle.
Rock House was Sir richard's abode when at Cromford 1776-1792.
In the early 1800's, Rock House was extended considerably by the Arkwright
Thank you for your support in my family search. I will send you this
email in hopes that it is of some value.
As I spoke in my previous email my great grandfather was Herbert
Bunting (Cm144a 1901 census) he was born in Bonsall Sept. 26 1852,
died Cromford April 10 1920. He move to Cromford where he met and
married Maria Woodward Aug 29 1854, died Cromford April 26 1926. They
had six children : Census 1901 they lived at #149 28 Main Street
Cromford. Their oldest son Henry was my grandfather (Cm144c 1901
census). He married Mary Brace (Md113d 1891 census) of Middleton on
Dec. 3rd 1902 Holy Trinity. Henry Bunting was the gardener for the
Arkwrights, and lived at Rock House the home of the Arkwrights before
Willersley Castle was completed.
Here is a post card of Rock House, The back reads:
"My dearest Husband
You will see by this PC
we are staying at cromford
but are not at Rock House.
Polly & Harry are there, but
Lizzie and myself are at
Jessamine Cottage, and we
are alright. Polly comes
down to us as soon as she
can and then we go out
you see --my dear-- they are
not allowed to have any
visitors to stay in doors
only to have a cup of tea
with them, Lizzie is alright
here it is doing her a lot
of good and I feel well
never felt better in my life
we are going home on
Saturday when you receive
this PC we shall be at home."
One final point, my family had a terrible habit of nick
names. My grandfather was "Henry" but all his life they called him
"Harry". My grandmother was "Mary Elizabeth" but all her life was
known as "Polly".
Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada
BUNTING family in Census:
Jessamine cottage is in Upperwood Rd, Matlock Bath DE4 3PD.
Herbert 1875 Maria
1920 | 1926
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1877 1878 1886 1890 1893
Henry Elizabeth Herbert Eliza William
Henry 1902 Mary
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