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Queen Street Mill & Helmshore Mill, Lancashire. June 2009
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    Arrow Queen Street Mill & Helmshore Mill, Lancashire. June 2009

    Queen Street Mill was built in 1894 by the Queen Street Manufacturing Company.
    The Mill made cloth which was made into shirts or sheets.
    It closed in 1982.

    This place was absalutley amazing and I would highly recommend it to anyone in the area.
    We were the only ones there and you are free to walk about with no one telling you "get back HEALTH & SAFETY" shite

    Also I was pretty clueless before about the machines and what did what.. I've been into a few abandoned textile mills and you see stuff lying about but not knowing what its for! Ace.

    OK photos.....
    First off is the Weaving Shed.
    There are over 300 Lancashire Looms. These Looms were made in Burnley and date back to the 1890's.

    In a shed this size, there would be about 65 to 80 weavers with 3 mechanics.
    Each weaver would work 6 - 8 Looms depending on experience. Weavers were paid on "piece rate" - the amount of cloth they wove in a week..
    The man put them on and the noise was something else!





    The Peace Engine.
    Peace provided energy to power the looms. At its peak, the engine would have provided enough energy to drive 1138 looms in the weaving shed, as well as other machinery around the mill.





    In Broadford works, you see heaps of these lying about...
    Didn't really think as to what they were used for, was more interested in taking pictures of other things.







    Weird pencil things













    Next it was off to Helmshore Mill, about 20 minute drive away.
    We were free to wander about in the spinning rooms and again Peter & I were the only ones there where a cute old grandad gave us a demonstration of the machines..













    Both Mills featured in the BBC drama North & South in 2004!

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    Default Re: Queen Street Mill & Helmshore Mill, Lancashire. June 2009

    Very nice
    Thanks for showing us
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    Default Re: Queen Street Mill & Helmshore Mill, Lancashire. June 2009

    What a great place, lovely.
    Under the radar, over the top

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    Default Re: Queen Street Mill & Helmshore Mill, Lancashire. June 2009

    niiice

    i'm only around the corner from the Helmshore Museum

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    Default Re: Queen Street Mill & Helmshore Mill, Lancashire. June 2009

    Quote Originally Posted by Chewy View Post
    niiice

    i'm only around the corner from the Helmshore Museum
    Now ya tell me!!!
    Hey there is SO much ace stuff around there!

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    Default Re: Queen Street Mill & Helmshore Mill, Lancashire. June 2009

    Both these places are ace. Were the looms running at Queen St? Last time I went they had a few running and the noise was deafening, and that was with only a fraction of the total. The noise when they were all runnin full chat must have been unimaginable, no wonder the mill workers used to lip read!

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    Quote Originally Posted by andym View Post
    Both these places are ace. Were the looms running at Queen St? Last time I went they had a few running and the noise was deafening, and that was with only a fraction of the total. The noise when they were all runnin full chat must have been unimaginable, no wonder the mill workers used to lip read!
    Yeah! The old man put them on and did a wee demonstration.
    Super loud it was!

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    Default Re: Queen Street Mill & Helmshore Mill, Lancashire. June 2009

    That is great. Lovely pictures too

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