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Bancroft Mill Engine Trust - Barnoldswick
Gillians Lane, Barnoldswick, Lancashire BB8 5QU.
Enquiries tel: Mr Jim Gill, 01282 865626.
Hours of opening: Static viewing most Saturdays, or by arrangement. 1.00 pm. - 4.30 pm. on steaming days.
Admission charge: Yes.
Founded in 1980, the Trust maintains an engine house and boiler houses which drive a preserved and working 600 bhp mill steam engine, which powered 1250 Lancashire looms up to 1978. Bancroft Shed started cotton weaving in 1920. There is a small weaving area in operation. The Mill Trust is a registered charity, and is run by volunteers who are engaged in a progressive expansion programme to exhibit and explain textile processing. A small archive includes text books on weaving and fabric design; day ledgers and order books relating to Bancroft Mill covering first half of the twentieth century and photographs of the mill in work. A booklet the Bancroft Mill Engine, contains a brief history of the mill and details of working machinery.
Disabled access: Yes. Access to canteen, engine house, weaving area. Viewing from yard into boiler houses. Disabled toilet.