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Helmshore Mills Rossendale

Helmshore Mills Rossendale are two mills Constructed on the River Ogden at Helmshore, Lancashire. Higher Mill was built in 1796 for William Turner, and Whitaker’s Mill was built in the 1820s by the Turner family. In their early life they alternated between working wool and cotton. By 1920 they had been working shoddy as condensor mule mills; and gear has been maintained and is still utilized. The mills closed in 1967 and they were taken over by the Higher Mills Trust, whose trustees included historian and author Chris Aspin and politician Dr Rhodes Boyson, who asserted it as a museum. The mills are stated to the most original and best-preserved examples of the two silk spinning and woollen fulling left from the country that are still functional.

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After the withdrawal of its grant from Lancashire County Council, the museum closed to the public on 30 September 2016 for an indefinite period. However, the museum remained open for pre-booked school visits. Back in April 2018 the council announced that the museums would reopen to the public for 3 days a week between April and November. Add Helmshore Mills Textile Museum for your Rossendale travel itinerary, and discover new holiday ideas by using our Rossendale trip planning website.

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