Higherford Mill

Right now, artists are creating things inside this mill. That’s nothing new: this mill has been innovative for 200 years!

The problem: the water wheel is not enough. This mill mixed water and steam power. Now THAT was creative!
Higherford Mill was built in,
1820 Slavery was recently abolished, the first football club was founded (Edinburgh) and Queen Victoria is 5 years old.
during the industrial revolution and the “Regency” era. Cotton spinning and weaving machines transform sleepy rural Lancashire into a booming industrial hub. The population of Burnley and Blackburn grows by 300-400% in just 50 years.

Like most mills, Higherford started out with a water wheel. This took water from the river [[FIX ME – which river?]] to power the spinning and weaving machines. However, water power wasn’t enough to keep up with demand. Just 8 years later, in 1832, a coal powered steam engine was added.

The transition to steam power at Higherford Mill was creative. Rather than removing the water wheel and staring over, the steam engine was instead hooked up to the water wheel! Water and steam powered the machines together. This is one reason why the mill became a listed building in 1996.

The problem: not enough hours in the day. The solution: a “north light weaving shed”. This mill has the earliest surviving example.

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Today, 36 artists work here. Before then local people made fabric here for 150 years.

What do industry and art have in common? Higherford Mill!

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