Once at the heart of Burnley’s textile industry the Weavers’ Triangle is a modern name for the collection of weaving sheds, spinning mills, foundries and houses that sit along the banks of the Leeds and Liverpool Canal near to Burnley town centre. After years of neglect and the threat of losing this important heritage area, work is now being undertaken to preserve the buildings and to bring the area back into use as an amazing place to work, live and visit.
The Weavers’ Triangle Visitor Centre
The visitor centre explains all about the Weavers’ Triangle, the cotton industry and the construction of the canal; with period rooms giving you a taste of how people lived during the Victorian age. Housed in the wharfmaster’s house and canal toll office, new displays including an Edwardian bathroom, a small gallery space and redesigned shop, have made a visit to this intriguing museum a real treat.
Children can find out all about the workers holidays and will love the working model fairground in the Wakes Week room, can have a go at weaving on a model loom or find out about Victorian school life in our classroom.
Tea and cakes are available in the Victorian Parlour or your can pop next door to the the Inn on the Wharf for a wider range of food and drink.
Join local historian Brian Hall on a walking tour of this fascinating area; learn all about the Weavers’ Triangle, its buildings and their uses; find about the cotton industry and the Leeds and Liverpool Canal; learn about the men, women children who worked in the area and about their hard and difficult lives in Victorian Burnley. Walks take place on several occasions throughout the season and private tours can be arranged by appointment at other times.
Oak Mount Mill Engine House
A short walk along the towpath from the Weavers’ Triangle Visitor Centre is Oak Mount Mill Engine House where you can experience the sight and sound of a Victorian mill engine in motion. The steam engine – which was originally installed in 1887 –
has been restored and is now operated by electric motor. It is open to the public on a number of occasions throughout the summer.
Oak Mount Mill Engine House, Wiseman Street, Burnley, BB11 1RU.