We took a bus to the Queen Street Mill Textile Museum. Well worth a visit. It is an old mill that has been kept in operation as a tribute to what made Lancashire. The steam engine still runs and drives a sample of all the different processes required to make textiles.
Later on we did a self guided tour of the Weavers Triangle. This is the area that was full of mills and is now being developed into accommodation and services. Has the potential to be a boaters destination like Birmingham and Liverpool.
|The Steam Engine at Queens Street|
|Rows and rows of looms|
First up a bus trip to Padiham for a quick look around the town before walking to a National Trust property, Gawthorpe Hall. A small but well presented Jacobean house. The best feature was a the textile display. The last owner was a textile artist and collector. Her stuff was excellent. In her later years the house was used for her to teach classes on all forms of textile art. I have seen stuff just as good in Diana's sister, Lynn's, house in Cambridge.
|A bit of the Gawthorpe Hall garden|
We went into Burnley town centre for a quick look around before setting of through a mixture of countryside, villages, derelict mills and motorways to moor up outside Blackburn where we had stopped on our way north