SD8122 : The Weavers' Cottage, Rawtenstall from Bacup Road

taken 4 years ago, near to Rawtenstall, Lancashire, Great Britain

The Weavers' Cottage, Rawtenstall from Bacup Road
The Weavers' Cottage, Rawtenstall from Bacup Road
The rear of the building faces onto Bacup Road. This might seem slightly unusual, but it was built in the 1770s facing the old footpath along the river and the main road wasn't constructed until 1828.
The Weavers' Cottage, Rawtenstall
This building at Fall Barn Fold, has been known as “The Weavers’ Cottage” for many years but was never actually a “cottage”. It was built ca1780 as a ‘loom shop’ for Fall Barn Mill. It housed several looms on the top two floors, lit by rows of mullioned windows which face d south to catch the sunlight.

Weavers came to work here from the neighbouring farms and homesteads as it was easier for the owner to keep all his goods in one place rather than transporting the raw materials to each weaver’s home and then returning to collect the finished products.

The weavers worked by hand but later, when steam power was introduced, they went to work in the newly built mills. The building became four houses and remained as housing until the 1970s when the building was saved from demolition (although the northern half of the building was lost) by then-named Rawtenstall Civic Society and The Weavers’ Cottage was renovated as a result of fund-raising activities.

As a museum, Weavers Cottage is home to a Victorian kitchen, a clog shop and a tea room. The top floor also houses working hand looms, providing an insight into this bygone era. It is also a meeting place for Rossendale Civic Trust, who manage the building on a voluntary basis, and other community groups.

The building is Grade II-listed (English Heritage Building ID: 185728 LinkExternal link British Listed Buildings).

LinkExternal link About the Weavers’ Cottage, Rossendale Civic Trust
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Date Taken
Friday, 25 July, 2014   (more nearby)
Submitted
Tuesday, 29 July, 2014
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  City, Town centre  Industry 
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Panasonic Lumix TZ60 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SD 8154 2277 [10m precision]
WGS84: 53:42.0620N 2:16.8653W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SD 8152 2276
View Direction
East-northeast (about 67 degrees)
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Industrial Heritage  Woollen Industry  Loomshop  Loom Shop  Eighteenth Century  18th Century  English Heritage  Grade II  Listed Building 

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