Helmshore Textile Museum

Higher Mill was built as a water-powered fulling mill in 1789 by six members of the Turner family. When William Turner (1793 to 1852) the son of one of these six Turners took over the business he greatly expanded by building the adjacent mill for weaving wool cloth. Following William Turner''s death with no male heir there was a very chaotic period. The water-powered fulling mill was taken over by Lawrence Whittaker and his descendants ran it until closure in 1967. In 1927 the firm of L. Whitaker & Son (different spelling, different family!!) converted the wool weaving mill to Condenser Cotton Spinning and it continued doing that until closure at Christmas 1978. As a museum this mill shows Condenser Cotton Spinning and has come to be referred to as "Whitaker''s Mill

Information supplied by Ian Gibson

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