Stott Park Bobbin Mill, Ulverston

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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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  • Visited early morning whilst walking from Lakeside hotel half a mile away. Shows the history and craft of an industry from days gone by.  more »
  • Went on a weekday so not too busy, interesting tour round the mill. Very helpful staff, the lady who took us round was particularly helpful and took great trouble to make sure that we all enjoyed the ...  more »
  • a pain to drive to and only takes a few mins to walk round, but worth it for the history of it and a free bobbin LOL  more »
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  • Interested in history this is a great place. Our guild was excellent and all the information really interesting. Great couple of hours.
  • An enjoyable experience for all the family. See how bobbins were made, in unchanged settings, for nearly 135 years. The machinery still works- and on occasions there are demonstrations.
  • We visited one of our favourite places again for probably 4th time. There is an excellent guided tour run hourly. You see each stage of the bobbins being made and are told about the history of coppicing wood to get the right sized timber. We came away with two wooden bobbins, made today. The little shop sells drinks, ice cream and souvenirs. There are picnic tables outside and plenty of parking, if you come by car. We came by boat and walked up (about 1 mile) from Lakeside. A gem of a place, a comment I'd never think I'd say about a bobbin Mill.
  • This hidden gem turned out to be really interesting, a window on the past. Great for children. It really added to our Lake District well rounded experience.
  • Fascinating history and working industrial site particularly good if you go on one of the days the steam engine is fired up

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