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Stott Park

Past Work

Client:- English Heritage

Project:-  Stott Park Bobbin Mill, Ulverston, Cumbria

Reconstruction cutaway of the mill in the early 18th century. Reconstruction aerial view of the mill in the early 19th century.

Nestled on the shores of Lake Windermere in Cumbria, this extensive working mill produced literally millions of wooden bobbins vital to the Lancashire spinning and weaving industries. It is the only working bobbin mill left in the Lake District today. Although small compared to other mills, some 250 men and boys (some drafted in from workhouses) worked here over the years in often arduous conditions to produce a quarter of a million bobbins a week.

A working mill built in 1835, Stott Park created the wooden bobbins vital to the spinning and weaving industries of Lancashire.

Although Stott Park worked continuously until 1971, it remains almost identical to its Victorian appearance of 100 years ago.

With its Victorian machinery originally powered by a waterwheel and steam engine, Stott Park used birch, ash and sycamore to make wooden tool handles as well as bobbins. The mass of belts which fill the building still drive the cutting, boring and finishing machines than turn long thin poles into bobbins.

Within the mill grounds is a coppiced ash tree of considerable size, with ten main trunks. Coppicing gives a regular supply of wood, and prolongs the life of the tree, giving new growth at the base rather than the top of the tree. Much of the woodland of the Lake District was once managed in this way.