Queen Street Mill is the believed to be the last steam driven weaving shed in Europe, if not the world.
It has its original hand stoked, coal fired, Lancashire boilers that produce the steam to drive ‘Peace’, a tandem compound engine. Peace drives the shafts which worked 1000 looms throughout the mills working life. Today, the shafts still turn for weaving demonstrations.
The mill is in steam every day the museum is open, so if there are visitors, the engine runs!
Queen Street Mill is the sister museum to Helmshore Mills Museum, which spins cotton weft threads on original spinning mules before Queen Street
weaves it. It was also used as the location for the mill scenes in the new film The King’s Speech.
|Queen Street Mill|
|Address: Harle Syke, Burnley, BB10 2HX.|
|Admission Price: £3/£2
|Opening Times: Tues-Fri 12.00PM – 4.00PM Mar/Nov, Tues-Fri 12.00PM-5.00PM Apr/Oct, Tues-Sat 12.00PM-5.00PM May-Sep