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Herrenhaus Cromford (Mansion)

Splendid Administrative Heart of the Oldest Factory in Germany

The Garden Room in the Cromford Mansion

220 years ago the textile merchant Johann Gottfried Brügelmann had the splendid mansion built next to his factory. The building served as the administrative heart of one of the most important companies towards the end of the 18th and beginning of the 19th centuries and at the same time the middle-class residence of one of the leading families of factory owners of their time.

Interior of the mansion

In the style of a late baroque aristocratic pleasure palace, the facilities and dimensions of the mansion reflect Brügelmann’s success. The permanent exhibition presents important episodes in the life of the entrepreneur’s family over three generations between 1782 and 1846. It tells of economic dealings as well as completely private things – favourite food dishes, the hunt, marriage intentions, the servants or preparations for celebrations.

In 14 rooms with more than 320 square metres of floor space and more than 250 exhibits the family members become alive once again. Each room is dedicated to one person whose story is related in an audio-guide in the form of an audio drama sequence.

A highlight for the visitors and the representative highlight of the mansion is the Garden Room. The almost circular room extends over two storeys and the walls are painted with classical landscape scenes. Large mirrors and console tables complete the stately impression of this room.

Textilfabrik Cromford (Textile Mill) and Herrenhaus (Mansion) on film!

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An accompanying publication on the permanent exhibition is available:


ISBN: 978-3-9813700-0-3,

14.95 Euro


Tickets for the Cromford mansion can be purchased at the site or in advance from our Webshop.