Cambrian Woollen Mill

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Cambrian Woollen Mill
Cambrian Woollen Mills, Llanwrtyd Wells - geograph.org.uk - 354249.jpg
Mill in 2007
Cambrian Woollen Mill is located in Powys
Cambrian Woollen Mill
Location of the mill in Powys
Built1890s
LocationLlanwrtyd Wells, Powys, Wales
Coordinates52°06′53″N 3°37′49″W / 52.114694°N 3.630349°W / 52.114694; -3.630349Coordinates: 52°06′53″N 3°37′49″W / 52.114694°N 3.630349°W / 52.114694; -3.630349
IndustryWoollen industry in Wales
ProductsBlankets, throws, rugs, shawls
Addresswww.cambrianmill.co.uk

Cambrian Woollen Mill, just north of Llanwrtyd Wells, Powys, is one of the few remaining operational woollen mills in Wales. It is known for its line of Welsh tartans. The building dates to 1820.

History[edit]

The Cambrian Mill is situated beside the Afon Irfon on the edge of Mynydd Epynt and the Cambrian Mountains. The Brecon Beacons and Carmarthen Fans lie to the south.[1] The building dates to 1820, when it opened as a corn mill, which was converted to a Welsh flannel weaving mill.[2] The Cambrian Woollen Mill opened in 1852.[3] The mill carded, dyed, spun and wove local wool, using water power until about 1860.[2] The Cambrian Mill was the largest woollen mill in the Llanidloes area, employing over 250 workers at its peak.[3] The mill was reduced to an empty shell by a fire in November 1889, but was rebuilt in 1902 and has been in continuous operation since then.[3]

Before World War II (1939-45) the mill supplied woollen products to Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother. It has been visited by Elizabeth II (before her accession to the throne) and Charles, Prince of Wales. The woollen industry in Wales declined in the 20th century, partly due to competition from more modern English mills. The Cambrian mill is one of a handful of mills that are left.[2]

Today[edit]

The mill produces blankets, throws, scarves, ties, hats and fabric. It also designs and weaves 37 Welsh tartans.[4] The mill weaves all the wool cloth for the Welsh Tartan Centre.[5] The mill has a tea and gift shop, a crafts studio and an exhibit of historical weaving in Wales.[6] In 2014 Hefin Jones of Cardigan designed a pressurized space suit made from Welsh wool supplied by Cambrian Woollen Mill as well as Melin Tregwynt, Melin Teifi and the National Wool Museum.[7]

Notes[edit]

Sources[edit]

  • "About Cambrian Woollen Mill", Wales Tartan Centres, retrieved 2016-03-30
  • Cambrian Mill History, Cambrian Mill, retrieved 2016-03-30
  • "Cambrian Mill, Llanidloes, which was destroyed by fire in November 1889", Gathering the Jewels, retrieved 2016-03-30
  • "Cambrian Woollen Mill & Heritage Centre", Visit Wales, retrieved 2016-03-30
  • "Cambrian Woollen Mill", Mid Wales My Way, retrieved 2016-03-30
  • Griffiths, Sarah (29 January 2014), "Hefin Jones' daring plan to bring the future of space exploration to WALES", Capitalbay, retrieved 2016-03-30
  • "Welsh Kilt", Welsh Kilt, retrieved 2016-03-30