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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
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 2017
Easter - 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
National Mills Weekend opening times 2017
Saturday and Sunday 09.30-17.30 (last entry at 16.30).
Free entry to the Mill over the weekend.