Behind closed doors….

Quarry Bank stays open to visitors throughout the winter from Wednesday – Sunday.  That doesn’t mean though, that on a Monday and Tuesday, nothing is happening inside the Mill.

The historic houses use this time to carefully clean and care for their collections and despite being a very different proposition, our collection of industrial machinery and other large items, also requires care and attention.  As Quarry Bank stays open all year round, the machines are in action most of the time, so we use our closed days to maintain and carry out any large scale conservation work on them.

Over the last couple of weeks our team have been working on the slub frame and the draw frame, two of the machines on our cotton processing floor, to check and clean them.

Working on the slub frame
Working on the slub frame

The slub frame needed new bearings for the grafting rollers as they were old and showing signs of wear.

On the draw frame, the parts were carefully removed and laid out to be cleaned, oiled and repaired as needed, before being carefully replaced.

Parts carefully removed from the draw frame
Parts carefully removed from the draw frame

Now the work is complete, the draw frame is back up and running.

Draw frame back together
Draw frame put back together

Work will continue on our collection of machinery, with the remaining machines on the cotton processing floor coming up next as the team work their way around the Mill.

There are a few items in the Mill that require more work owing to their size and/or complexity, which includes our spinning mule and ring frame.  These along with the Derby Doubler which needs a large repair doing, will be tackled in January on our closed weeks.

The spinning mule at Quarry Bank
The spinning mule at Quarry Bank

The only area of Quarry Bank which is closed to the public over winter is the garden and work has started there on the restoration of the glasshouse.  To find out more visit our brand new website and watch this space…..

Conservation work like this is only possible with your support, thank you.

Kate

Thank you to Rex Ashton for the pictures of the slub frame and the draw frame.

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