One of the first mills of the Industrial Revolution, Gibson Mill is still a lesson in self-sufficiency, in tranquil surroundings.
Gibson Mill stands at the heart of Hardcastle Crags, a woodland beauty spot of footpaths, tumbling streams and waterfalls. All of which help to explain why the mill was built here in the 19th century; the water wheel helped with the production of cotton cloth up until 1890.
Water is still important to the mill. Today, Gibson Mill is 100% self-sufficient in energy, water and waste treatment; the only mains connection with the outside world is the phone line. Take a tour and discover how the hydro-electric system is used to provide electricity, solar thermal panels give hot water and a log-burning stove and boiler allow cooking, hot water and space heating. The mill is unique in Great Britain, and the National Trust’s flagship sustainable building.
Gibson Mill is 30 miles (48km) east of Leeds by road. Leeds is 2 hours 30 minutes by train from London.
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