Sunday, 2 November 2014

Old Handlooms at Helmshore Textile Mill

A visit to Helmshore Textile Mill proved to be an unexpectedly wonderful afternoon out. As well as an excellent and informative exhibition on the history of cotton, wool and spinning and weaving technology, there is a fabulous collection of handlooms (with many more in storage), as well as a collection of early power looms.

The following photos were taken with permission of Helmshore Textile Museum:

A spinning mule

Arkwright's four spindle spinning machine which developed into 96 spindle machines

Model loom made in 1816

a 'Wrap Reel' used to measure cotton. 

An early power loom

Some lovely weaver's knots