Its been a busy few weeks for me. There has been lots to do at work, baby sitting and two holidays to take into account.
The first of such holidays was a weekend away in the Lake District, the first time I have been there since a geography field trip during my 6th form years.
We did as we usually do, and get around the area and took in as much as we could, including some English Heritage and National Trust places. For various reasons, I didn’t take pictures everywhere, but one place I did photograph was Stott Park Bobbin Mill.
Built in 1835, Stott Park is the only surviving example of a lakeland bobbin mill. As there was an abundance of running water in the area, there were more than a 100 similar mills in the area at one stage. These mills were known for production of textiles, iron, gunpowder, barrel hoops, and of course, bobbins.
Using running water and the local wood supply for materials, for many years the mill produced bobbins for various uses, and even expanded a number of times over its life (and upgrading to steam and electrical power), especially during war time when the need for bobbins for wire and string were needed.
Despite the industry changing in the 1900s, and bobbins becoming plastic, Stott Park was able to adapt its machines (many of which were still original) in order to create different wooden items, and the mill only finished operating as a working mill in the 1970s.
I must admit, I didn’t imagine that something as simple as bobbins would be that interesting, but our tour guide was very informative, and it’s great to see that this mill has been preserved in working order to showcase the industrial process of the area.
As the mill was quite dark, I had to work with a fairly high ISO, so there is some noise in some of the images, but hopefully they tell the story of the mill.
As I mentioned above, I never considered that bobbins could be remotely interesting, but seeing the workmanship that went into the process, and learning the stories of the people that would have worked here, it was as nice worthwhile visit which showcased the history of the industrial revolution in the area. Hopefully my images told the story of the mill well enough.
As always, thanks for looking.