Grace's Guide To British Industrial History

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Grace's Guide is the leading source of historical information on industry and manufacturing in Britain. This web publication contains 147,919 pages of information and 233,587 images on early companies, their products and the people who designed and built them.

Grace's Guide is the leading source of historical information on industry and manufacturing in Britain. This web publication contains 147,919 pages of information and 233,587 images on early companies, their products and the people who designed and built them.

Farfield Mill

From Graces Guide
Gilkes turbine
Blanket loom
Not sure what this did, or whether John T. Hardaker made the grey bits as well as the green
JD Farfield05.jpg
Detail of cast iron column made by H. H. Day of Kendal

Farfield Mill, Garsdale Road, Sedbergh, Cumbria LA10 5LW

This small water-powered textile mill closed in the 1990s, but has been reopened to serve a variety of uses: museum, working weaving mill, shops, artists' studios, craft workshops, café.

There are several items of textile machinery on display, while two Dobcross Power looms (Hutchinson and Hollingworth of Diggle, Saddleworth) are in use commercially.

Also displayed is a 300-year old blanket loom. It is a timber framed four heddle hand loom and has been used to weave horse collar check and woollen blankets since 1702. A flying shuttle mechanism was added around 1800.

An 1896 water turbine can be seen, ordered for Farfield Mill from Gilbert Gilkes and Gordon of Kendal (Gilkes' number 066). It was a Vortex turbine with a rated power output of 20HP

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