Georgian Inventions Trail

It is widely believed that RUGBY was invented in 1823 when William Webb Ellis was playing a game of football at Rugby School, took the ball in his arms and ran with it.


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!