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Stott Park Bobbin Mill, Ulverston

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4.7/5 based on 190+ reviews on the web
Stott Park Bobbin Mill is a 19th-century bobbin mill and now a working museum located near Newby Bridge, Cumbria, England. Built in 1835 the mill was one of over 65 such buildings in the Lake District, which provided wooden bobbins to the weaving and spinning industry primarily in Lancashire and Yorkshire. The building is today owned and run by English Heritage.HistoryThe earliest part of the mill was built in 1835 by John Harrison, a local landowner who had earlier inherited Low Stott Park Farm including the land on which the mill was built. It is believed to be one of the few mills to have been specifically built for bobbin production as many other mills were converted from earlier structures. At that time there was a great demand for wooden bobbins from the ever-growing cotton and textile industry and the Lake District provided a perfect place for bobbin-making owing to its abundant natural resources: water for power and coppiced woodlands for the bobbins. Having built the mill as a speculative venture, Harrison and his successors let it out to a string of trustees.In the 1850s the mill was leased to members of the Coward family, who owned property at Skelwith Bridge near Ambleside and a bobbin mill at Crooklands near Kendal. The family expanded the mill, even when the bobbin industry was threatened by changes in technology and the Cotton Famine of the 1860s and many other Lakeland mills were closing. The construction of the Lakeside to Haverthwaite Railway in 1869, with a station less than a mile away, no doubt made Stott Park a more viable location than others.
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  • Just a short fifteen minutes walk from the Lakeside disembarking point. Its a really fascinating place to visit. A time capsule that preserves a way of working which we today would find hard to imagin...  read more »
  • Having read about the mill we decided to take a look and it was made even more interesting by the tour given by a very keen guide who enlisted the help from a young lad in the group by telling him how...  read more »
  • A really nice museum in a lovely part of the world. Interesting information in beautifully renovated buildings. Plenty of parking spaces. 
  • Without doubt one of the best tours I have ever been on. The tour guide was excellent, everyone got a real idea of what it was like to work at the mill. Very impressive and priceless hands-on insight into Britain's history, people and technology. Thank you so much for the special time we had!
  • Excellent guided tour of the working bobbin mill showing a fascinating side lake districts industrial past. A fascinating piece of living history. The enthusiastic guide helps recreate the working conditions of the bobbin makers for the cotton and wool mills of Lancashire and Yorkshire, demonstrating the historic machinery working from a lump of coppiced wood to a completed bobbin. Evocative and spellbinding. Highly recommended for all ages.
  • Really interesting place where the kids got involved and loved learning about the history. Staff were friendly and knowledgeable.
  • Never expected this attraction to be so interesting! Definitely worth visiting for a fascinating insight into our industrial heritage.
  • Grate little museum visit in small groups is better as due to nature of building and amount of historic machinery very cramped but very interesting will go back when the steam engine in up and running to get the full appreciation of everything
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