Gibson Mill is a 19th-century cotton mill that sits at the heart of Hardcastle Crags. The Mill has been brought back into use as a facility for visitors and for the local community. This ground-breaking project has renovated the Mill as a model of sustainable development, being run with minimum impact on its environment.
Gibson Mill was built around 1800. It was one of the first generation mills of the Industrial Revolution. The Mill was driven by a water wheel inside and produced cotton cloth up until 1890. In 1833, 21 workers were employed in the building, each working an average 72 hours per week.
In the early 1900s, Gibson Mill began to be used as an ‘entertainment emporium’ for the local people. The facilities included dining saloons, a dancing hall, a roller skating rink, refreshments kiosks and boating on the mill pond. Since the Second World War, Gibson Mill has lain largely unused, until now.
The Mill offers visitors to Hardcastle Crags an opportunity to learn more about the Crags and the Mill itself. ‘Hands-on’ exhibitions inside Gibson Mill give visitors an exciting interactive experience.
Industrial heritage site
- National Trust
Heritage Open Days 2014: Gibson Mill at Hardcastle Crags
- 11 — 14 September 2014
Explore the past - People have lived, worked and played in this surprising location for over 200 years.
Discover how a 19th-century cotton mill evolved into a 20th-century popular entertainment venue and finally became the 21st-century example of sustainability you can visit today.
Displays and guided tours help bring our history to life.
At Gibson Mill you’ll find our Weaving Shed Café, just a 25 minute walk from our Midgehole Road car parks. The room itself was originally built to be a weaving shed and it was used as a roller-rink during the entertainment emporium years of Hardcastle Crags.
Please refer to the Heritage Open Days website for booking details and timings.