THE ROUND BUILDING - HATHERSAGE
For many visitors discovering a purpose built cutlery factory just outside Hathersage on the B6001, will come as a surprise. The fact that the factory, designed by David Mellor, has been described by Sir Michael Hopkins as a minor masterpiece of modern architecture from what was once the gas works will come even more as a shock.
Set discreetly back from the road, this highly functional industrial building hides its beauty away from the casual observer hurrying by on the busy Hathersage to Grindleford road. It is only when it is approached up the gravel driveway and the whole site explored that it is possible to fully appreciate the architectural value of the Round Building and the more recent additions.
The factory is internationally famous for its cutlery, designed by David Mellor, from the 1950s to the present. A visit to the museum shows why he is often referred to as 'the cutlery king'. David Mellor though is not just famous for cutlery. In 1966, he designed the national traffic light system, which is still in use to this day. He also designed a square pillar box for the Post Office, but this was not so successful.
The Design Museum, like the factory has been purpose built and contains the Mellor family collection. A wide range of designs are on display from teaspoons to traffic lights. The cafe is equipped with all the finest David Mellor tableware and serves light lunches as well as specialist teas, coffees and cakes.
Modern Design in the Peak District National Park
David Mellor Design Museum
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THE ROUND BUILDING
The David Mellor Design Museum (Tel. 01433 650220) is open to the public from Monday to Saturday from 10am - 5pm and on Sundays from 11am - 5pm. The cutlery factory is normally open and in production from 10am - 5pm, Monday to Friday. There is also a shop and cafe on site.
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Hathersage today is a large attractive village with hotels and shops lining the main street. To the north, Stanage Edge rises steeply and to the south flows the River Derwent.
A lovely valley walk alongside the Hood Brook, before climbing to North Lees Hall with good views of Stanage Edge and returning across the fields to explore Hathersage.
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