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Stanley Mills, Stanley, nr Perth

Grid reference: NO 114 328
OS sheet: 53
Postcode: PH1 4QE
7.4 miles N of Perth off the A9, follow brown signs for Stanley Mills.

Stanley Mills is one the best-preserved relics of the 18th-century Industrial Revolution. It was established as a cotton mill by local merchants, with support from the English cotton baron Richard Arkwright. Textiles were produced here for 200 years.

The mills were built in 1786 at a hairpin bend in the River Tay, where tremendous water-power was available. Machinery was powered initially by waterwheels, and latterly by electricity generated by water-powered turbines. As the market changed and new technologies developed, buildings were added, adapted, expanded, shut down, reopened and demolished.

It is now possible to explore the buildings and discover the many changes that took place over two centuries. Hear the clamour of the factory floor, see how engines harnessed the energy of the Tay, and marvel at the machinery that turned raw cotton into products sold all over the world.

Opening times 2018
1st April - 30th September 09.30-17.30 (last entry at 16.30). October 10.00-16.00. The site is closed from  November- March. More details see web site.

National Mills Weekend opening times 2018
Saturday and Sunday 09.30-17.30 (last entry at 16.30).
Free entry to the Mill over the weekend. Celebrating ten years of being open to the public.

01738 828268

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