Students fascinated by Queen Street Mill heritage tour

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A group of Burnley High School students have weaved their way into the realms of Lancashire’s industrial past as they visited the only steam-powered cotton weaving mill still in existence.

Founded in 1894, the Queen Street mill in Briercliffe allows visitors to relive an age when cotton was king, complete with horses stables and Victorian offices.

Students were shown the various stages of the manufacture process and taken on a tour of the boiler room before watching as the 300 looms sprang into animation, powered by the mill’s steam engine, Peace.

Teacher, Miss Beth Walmsley, said: “The only sad note is that we heard the mill is in danger of closing its doors due to spending cuts. It would be an awful shame to lose such a piece of our industrial heritage.”