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“Superb Insight to working Cotton Mill life” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Helmshore Mills Textile Museum

Helmshore Mills Textile Museum
Holcombe Road | Helmshore, Rossendale BB4 4NP, England
01706 226459
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Ranked #2 of 8 Attractions in Rossendale
Type: Museums
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“Superb Insight to working Cotton Mill life”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2013 via mobile

Went on a quiet weekend and had a personalised guided tour by one of the enthusiasts in the mill. Was shown how the machines worked and was told about the locals in the area that used to work in the mill. Fascinating insight. Very informative. Great gift shop too selling items you would pay a lot more for in Manchester!!

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“Interesting, relaxing walk, lovely cafe, children loved it”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2012

A visit here is a must, very interesting and staff are really knowledgable, told us all about the methods of soaking the cloth in urine, which the children were thrilled about (anything a bit rude children seem to love). Staff were able to keep the little children (and the big ones 'us') fully engrossed. We then went for a walk along the waterway outside which was lovely, lots of wildlife and wild flowers. We then had a very reasonable, delicious and home cooked meal in the cafe, staff were just excellent. We spent two hours in the museum and the children are still talking about it.

Visited August 2012
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“interesting day out”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2012

We had visited Queen St Mill and thought this would be similar, but a wet day encouraged us to visit here. It was completely different and very interesting. The staff were enthusiastic and knowledgeable. In addition the cafe was very good.

Visited September 2012
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“From cotton wool to thread”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2012

This museum is great for learning how a mill worked in the formerly massive Lancashire cotton industry. It’s an old wool mill and a cotton spinning mill with demonstrators explaining how things worked.

The mill is located in what seemed a fairly country area close to the A56 which leads straight onto the M66 to Manchester. There is a decent car park and we used the cafe before we went round. This is nicely decorated and very reasonably priced. There is a smallish charge for entering the mill.

The spinning and carding room is a mill floor that contains working machinery and is kept at a temperature that doesn’t spoil the cotton. The demonstration is worth attending, there is a whole new vocabulary to learn relating to cotton spinning. The machines are amazing, from the fluffy cotton balls we see thread produced through a number of processes. This thread is then sent to the other museum 10 miles away in Burnley where it is woven into material.

Other floors contain devillers and other evil machines and a set of spinning equipment from early home spinners to the machine driven spinners, including displays of the inventors such as Arkwright who experimented with the first machine driven spinning frame in his home town of Preston. It has a number of children’s displays as well. In fact one of them taught me a thing about fabrics.

Next door is a small wool mill with a waterwheel that drove the machines. There is a guided tour of this as well that contains a lot of surprising information and different machines most will never have seen the like of before.

Overall this museum is a very interesting place well worth a visit. It's run by Lancashire County Council.

Close to Helmshore is the well run East Lancashire Railway that has steam and diesel operating days and a museum along a 10 mile track. A lot of industrial heritage on display in this area as well as the rugged Lancashire Moorland which we saw on the B6232 road towards the M65 and Blackburn.

We had previously visited the Queen Street Mill Textile Museum, which is a weaving mill, in nearby Burnley that is the sister to Helmshore museum and also very interesting. Also near Burnley, in Padiham, is Gawthorpe Hall, National Trust, that has a big embroidery display. Just beyond Burnley is the Pendle Heritage Centre which is also worth visiting with its small museum. It is next to the interesting village, with busy road, of Barrowford, that seemed a bit gentrified, and the nearby locks on the Leeds-Liverpool Canal which are worth a look or even a walk along the canal.

Visited September 2012
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