Helmshore Textile Museums


Higher Mill was built in 1789 by the Turners to finish woollen cloth. The machinery was worked until 1967. Now the waterwheel is once again driving restored fulling stocks. See and hear the huge gear wheels rumbling round and turning the tappet wheels which make the stocks thump onto woollen cloth. Machinery was installed at adjacent Whitaker's Mill in the nineteenth century. By the 1920s it had become a cotton spinning mill and this machinery is still working today. See how textiles grew to be Britain's largest exporting industry, learn about the processes of spinning cloth and experience some of the working life of a carder and mule spinner. Follow the yarn to Queen Street Mill in Burnley where there are hundreds of working looms.

Contact Information

Holcombe Road
  01706 226459
  Visit the Helmshore Textile Museums website

Useful Information

Disabled access : Ground floor wider access toilet, and lifts to the upper floor of both mills
Opening Times : Telephone to check times and prices.

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