Just 13 years after Richard Arkwright developed the first water-powered spinning mill at Cromford, Peter Nightingale and his associate John Smedley established John Smedley as an enterprise at the
original mill in Lea Mills. Over 200 years later, the company is still based at Lea Mills. Jane Middleton-Smith, archivist at John Smedley, gives an insight into the history and present day business.
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