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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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  • This attraction is just great. Robert was our guide and he was very well informed with a wry humour to go with it. Very well set up and a real eye opener about the industrial past of the Lakes distric...  more »
  • English Heritage site with small adjacent carpark, but nearby overflow car park. Visits are by guided tour only for health and safety reasons. Our guide was really informative and brought the visit to...  more »
  • We visited the Mill on Wednesday 24th May, we took the tour, Rebecca, the guide was amazing, she was informative, very knowledgable and very entertaining (Think young Victoria Wood) She made the mill ...  more »
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  • The last bobbin mill to close down in the UK and it preserved beautifully. Lots of interesting information and the staff are very he[full. A great place to stop if you are travelling through and are a heritage member, but I am not sure I would go out of my way to visit.
  • Fantastic small museum. The tour guide was excellent and extremely knowledgeable. Both myself and my 11yr old son thoroughly enjoyed our visit.
  • Very interesting place with an excellent tour and demonstration of how the machines work. Well worth a visit and good walks to nearby Windermere.
  • A great place to visit, my favourite from our holiday in Cumbria. Staff are excellent and will demonstrate the mills workings on the tour.
  • 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!