Armley Mills Industrial Museum
The Armley Mills Leeds Industrial Museum is a museum of industrial heritage located in Armley, west Leeds, West Yorkshire, England. It includes collections of textile machinery, railway equipment and heavy engineering amongst others.
The Grade II* listed building housing the Armley Mills museum was once the world's largest woollen mill. The current structures were built in 1805 by Benjamin Gott and closed as a commercial mill in 1969. They were taken over by Leeds City Council and reopened as a museum of industrial heritage in 1982. It is located between the Leeds and Liverpool Canal and the River Aire and accessed from Canal Road or Milford Place.
Nearby is Botany Bay Yard which was so named because it was the first place in England where wool from Botany Bay in Australia was landed. There was a wharf at this location that served the Benjamin Gott Mill, now Armley Mills Leeds Industrial Museum, for all of its narrow boat supplies. There still exists the remains of the wharf unloading shed and what appears to be a sunken barge alongside the canal at this location.
The museum has an extensive collection of standard gauge and narrow gauge railway rolling stock. The collection was started in 1956 when the Leeds City Museum acquired Barber from the recently closed Harrogate Gas Works Railway. A short display line is installed at Armley allowing some of the collection to run.
|Barber||Thomas Green & Son||2 ft (610 mm)||0-6-2T||1908||ex Harrogate Gas Works Railway. Acquired 1956. Currently on long-term loan to the South Tynedale Railway|
|Jack||Hunslet Engine Company||18 in (457 mm)||0-4-0WT||1898||684||Acquired 1957|
|Lord Granby||Hudswell Clarke||3 ft (914 mm)||0-4-0ST||1902||Acquired 1961|
|Junin||Hudswell Clarke||2 ft 6 in (762 mm)||2-6-2DM||1930||The world's first commercially built diesel locomotive|
|Southam 2||Hudswell Clarke||1,435 mm (4 ft 8 1⁄2 in)||0-4-0DM||1942||D625||Ex-Rugby Cement, Southam, Warwickshire|
|E. B. Wilson and Company||1,435 mm (4 ft 8 1⁄2 in)||0-6-0||1855||Modified frames, wheels, cylinders and motion of Oxford Worcester & Wolverhampton Railway no 34, later GWR 252. Used as an instructional model at Wolverhampton until 1964. Currently dismantled and not on view.|
- Thomas, Cliff (2002). The Narrow Gauge in Britain & Ireland. Atlantic Publishers. ISBN 1-902827-05-8.
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