The Watermill at Cumbrian Riverside.
The Watermill at Cocks Close probably dates from the early 19th Century and like many other mills in these parts made bobbins for the Lancashire Cotton industry. Using the power of the River Sprint and locally source Sweet Chestnut coppice wood, the mill produced thousands of turned parts. The coppice wood source they used still exists today, some 400 meters away. It’s possible to see echoes of that industry all around if you look closely enough – old tree stumps, ground features where sluices were, etc.
In the 1980s the mill, having been abandoned after a fire destroyed the roof, was converted into small Holiday Lets and used in the leisure industry. Now, after 25 years it’s time to bring this beautiful building in a breathtaking location up to date. Carefully and with sympathy to the industrial heritage that went before, we intend renovating and putting back features that have been lost in time. Sadly, the wheel is long gone but where it worked and the effect it had on the local landscape can still be seen.
This is how the watermill looks today:
There is an excellent English Heritage Bobbin Mill not far from us at Stott Park which at certain times of the year gives demonstrations of how these amazing buildings worked. See here for more details.