The last operational steam-powered weaving mill in the world, Queen Street Mill is located just outside Burnley, a town once dominated by the textile industry.
In its Victorian heyday Queen Street Mill specialised in producing plain calico cloth. Visitors can see the machinery – a complete collection of national importance – preserved in full working order, including the Lancashire looms, boilers and a steam engine named Peace.
The Mill was producing cloth until its closure in 1982 when it was down to 440 looms, having originally been equipped with 900 and a further 366 added in the 'bottom shed'.
Now it is a perfect time capsule of Victorian manufacturing, bringing the past to life and telling the story of cotton cloth production, offering insights into local social history along the way.