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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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  • The guided tours explain the use of bobbins, the coppicing of wood, the techniques of manufacture and the terminology. If you don't know where the term "knocking off" comes from you will at the end of...  more »
  • The visit to this place really gives you an insight how the industry functioned from the mid 19th Century. The Park Manager, who guided us, was a real mine of knowledge!  more »
  • Driven past many times. Decided to visit and had a good quality tour being shown how bobbins were made. Staff very knowledgeable and enthusiastic. Unfortunately closed now for the winter but will visi...  more »
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  • A lovely preserved Victorian bobbin mill. It is free to wander the grounds, but do take the (paid for) guided tour, where the guide will explain all the workings of the mill and give a live demonstration of several of the interesting machines as you are taken through all the steps from tree-to-bobbin
  • 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!
  • A hidden gem to go to see a little of the lakes lost history. A wonderful and very informative guide around the mill .we took the Lake Cruisers from Bowness and then had a lovely walk to the mill
  • Fantastic stop for English heritage members and von members. This small rather innocuous sounding place is the last presented victoriana bobbin mill and the guided tour is not to be missed. If you can visit on the first weekend of the month, i believe they run the steam engine too.
  • A fantastic look at the history of wooden bobbin making. The kids would love all the machinery.