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The Heritage Lottery Fund has come to the rescue of two listed sites, with an offer of £1.8 million to secure the future of Cromford Mill in the Derwent Valley and £8,600 for repairs to the Spitalfields home of the Bangladesh Welfare Association. The 16th century Cromford Mill is the world's first water-powered cotton spinning mill, established in 1771 by Richard Arkwright. It will be protected from the ravages of the weather and made more accessible to visitors through the grant. The crumbling facade of the Grade II listed Georgian home of the Bangladesh Welfare Association will be repaired through the grant, bringing its condition to that of neighbouring buildings. The work is expected to stop deterioration of many period features.

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