A unique complex of listed frameshops, cottages and outbuildings arranged around a garden courtyard with an adjacent former chapel in which many of the knitters worshipped. The site has been restored to show the living and working conditions of the framework knitters who occupied it throughout the 19th century. This is a working museum with machinery in use and the opportunity for visitors to ‘have-a-go’.
- Part disabled access
Chapel Street Ruddington Nottinghamshire NG11 6HE
Feb-23 Dec Wed-Sat 1100-1630. Also Sun Apr-Sep 1330-1630. (Last entry 1600.) Also BHol 1100-1600. (Closed 24 Dec-31 Jan.)
By Bus: 3, 10
By Rail: Nottingham / 6 miles
It is a unique surviving example of a 19th century framework knitters’ yard. The site has been lovingly restored as a living history museum, and discover how framework knitters and their families lived and worked here in Victorian times – the sights, the sounds and even the smells!
We tell the 400 year history of framework knitting, from its role in the Industrial Revolution to the infamous Luddite riots of the 1800s, and how framework knitting gave birth to the Nottingham lace industry.
Being a working museum, you can see original knitting frames in action in our preserved frameshop, and you can even knit your own souvenir on a vintage Griswold knitting machine.
Also explore our fascinating collections of hosiery and related items, including a genuine pair of Queen Victoria’s stockings.