Georgian Inventions Trail

The flying shuttle was invented by John Kay in 1733. It sped up the process of weaving. This led to Arkwright’s invention of the waterframe, as cotton spinners could not keep up with the increase in demand for thread.


This is part of the Cromford Mills ‘Inventions’ trail for families. To find out more, go to

There are 10 trail locations, stretching from the top of Church Walk by the A6, to just past the first bridge on the canal.

To collect your prize, rearrange the letters on the posters into something that was invented by Sir Richard Arkwright, and tell the mill shop!