of the Lombe, Strutt, Arkwright and Evans families -
1685 Thomas Lombe born 5 September
1693 John Lombe born
1702-7 Thomas Cotchett’s Silk mill built on the river Derwent in Derby
Thomas Lombe made Freeman of the City of London and admitted to the
c.1714 John Lombe visited Italy
c.1715 Thomas Lombe commenced his silk mill enterprise in Derby
1718 14-year patent taken out by Thomas Lombe to protect silk machines.
Calico Act passed by Parliament (one of several)
1722 Death of John Lombe, 20 November
1723 Bakewell’s iron gates made for the Derby silk mill
1723 Thomas Evans born
1723 Suicide of Henry Lombe
1726 Daniel Defoe related story of George Sorocold falling into mill-race.
Jedidiah Strutt born (This spelling is that used by Strutt
Thomas Lombe unsuccessfully applied for a renewal of his silk mill
1732 Richard Arkwright born in Preston, Lancashire.
Birth of artist Joseph Wright of Derby, known
as Wright of Derby
1736 Peter Nightingale born
1739 Death of Sir Thomas Lombe 3 January [worth around £120,000]
1740 Jedidiah Strutt apprenticed to wheelwright Ralph Massey in Findern
Bonnie Prince Charles, the Young Pretender resided in Exeter
Strutt’s apprenticeship ended. He moved to Loughborough near
1748 Lewis Paul – carding machine
1750 Bowman and Roper idea for improving knitting frame
1751 Robert Bage married Elizabeth Woolley 3 August at Mackworth
1752 Papermaker Charles Woolley Bage born
Jedidiah Strutt inherited his uncle’s farm stock in Blackwell
1755 Richard Arkwright married Patience Holt 31 March
Jedidiah Strutt married Elizabeth Woollat 25 September at Blackwell.
Richard Arkwright Junior born
William Woollat shown Roper’s machine from which Strutt
William Strutt born
1758 Elizabeth Strutt born (daughter of Jedidiah and Elizabeth)
Derby Rib Attachment patent No. 722 granted
1759 Patent No 734 for Derby Rib Attachment
1760 Martha Strutt born
1761 Richard Arkwright married Margaret Biggens.
George Benson Strutt born
1762 Susanna [Susan] Arkwright born 20 December
1764 James Hargreaves invented the Spinning Jenny
1765 Joseph Strutt born
Richard Arkwright and John Kay, a clockmaker, left Preston
Water frame patent granted on 15 July to Richard
1770 Firestove patent for Jedidiah and brother Joseph Strutt
1774 Mrs Elizabeth Strutt died– buried in Bunhill Fields, London
1775 First sod cut for Belper South Mill
1777 Derby Mercury advertisement for the sale of forge and mills at New Mills [Milford]
1778 Belper Mill in production
First Arkwright licensee John Gardom,
1779 Samuel Crompton - invented the spinning ‘Mule’
1780 Susanna Arkwright married Charles Hurt.
Richard Arkwright Junior married Mary Simpson of Bonsall
1781 Friendship of William Strutt and Erasmus Darwin begins.
Derby Philosophical Society founded 1783.
Arkwright Mill at Rocester, Staffordshire
Jedidiah Strutt married Anne Daniels (nee Cantrell and widow
Samuel Slater of Belper signed Apprenticeship Indenture
1785 New Lanark construction started – Arkwright in Scotland.
Elizabeth Strutt married William Evans
Sir Richard Arkwright knighted by George III 22
1788 Thomas Paine patented iron bridge.
Fire destroyed first Darley Abbey Mill – rebuilding began immediately.
Greyhound Inn built by Arkwright at Cromford.
Belper Unitarian Chapel: central section built.
1791 Martha Strutt married Samuel Fox.
Sunday School in attic of Darley Abbey Mill
1792 Richard Arkwright died
Boulton / William Strutt
correspondence about use of hollow pots
1795 William Strutt / Bage correspondence about iron-framed buildings
1796 Samuel Taylor Coleridge visited Evans family in Darley Abbey.
Death of William Evans.
Bage’s Flax Mill, Shrewsbury
1797 Death of Jedidiah Strutt and internment at Belper Unitarian Chapel.
Elizabeth Evans [nee Strutt] married Walter Evans
1803 Belper North Mill destroyed by fire