SD8122 : The Old Kitchen, Rawtenstall Weavers' Cottage

taken 5 years ago, near to Rawtenstall, Lancashire, Great Britain

The Old Kitchen, Rawtenstall Weavers' Cottage
The Old Kitchen, Rawtenstall Weavers' Cottage
The kitchen is kept as a museum, housing utensils which were common from the mid Victorian period until the 1950s. It is not meant to be a representation of a "typical kitchen". The items are gathered for display purposes; the washing and the baking things would not normally have been around all at once, and the "best" hanging on the mantelpiece would only have been there at weekends. The old pump on the "slop stone" would have been outdoors.
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).

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Date Taken
Friday, 25 July, 2014   (more nearby)
Tuesday, 29 July, 2014
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Historic sites and artefacts  Educational sites  City, Town centre 
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Panasonic DMC-G3 
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OSGB36: geotagged! SD 8152 2274 [10m precision]
WGS84: 53:42.0458N 2:16.8834W
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North-northeast (about 22 degrees)
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