Built in 1835, the mill is now restored as a working industrial monument. Much of the bobbin making machinery remaining includes a turbine and a steam engine.
- Souvenir Shop
- Part disabled access
Low Stott Park Finsthwaite Ulverston Cumbria LA12 8AX
30 Mar-Jun Wed-Sun & BHol. Daily Jul-Aug. Sep-4 Nov Wed-Sun 1000-1700 (last entry one hour earlier).
By Bus: various
By Rail: Grange-over-Sands / 8 miles
Nestled on the shores of Lake Windermere in Cumbria, this extensive working mill produced literally millions of wooden bobbins vital to the Lancashire spinning and weaving industries. It is the only working bobbin mill left in the Lake District today.
The story of the Bobbin Mill is brought to life with tours and an exhibition. Visitors can also see the journey from tree to bobbin first hand during production on the original belt driven machinery. A hands-on family trail with dressing up for children helps visitors to imagine what it was like to work at the mill.
Although small compared to other mills, some 250 men and boys (some drafted in from workhouses) worked here over the years in often arduous conditions to produce a quarter of a million bobbins a week.