Gilpin Mill has been a mill since 1500 using the water power
firstly to clean and thicken wool as a fulling mill and latterly,
in the 19th century as a bobbin mill turning wooden bobbins
for the Lancashire cotton industry.
In its heyday the water stored in the millpond would have
powered the 17ft water wheel that would have in turn driven
the four wood turning lathes in the mill.
As far as we know the milldam was washed away about a hundred
years ago and the mill fell into disuse and it collapsed in
Since buying the site in 2005 we have built a new mill house
and constructed a new dam with a fish ladder across the Gilpin
beck for the migrating salmon and sea trout. The new millpond
was filled up for the first time at Easter 2009. We don’t
intend to turn bobbins again but we do intend to use the water
to generate electricity to supply the house.