Who we are and what we do
To honour and preserve Sedbergh’s textile heritage though the provision of a hub for creative enterprise, within which a vibrant community of weavers, artists and craftspeople engage the visiting public in an appreciation of weaving and traditional and contemporary arts and crafts.
Objects of the Society
The objects of the new Community Benefit Society shall be for the public benefit to;
a. preserve for the benefit of the residents of Sedbergh and the surrounding districts, and for the public at large, Farfield Mill and other buildings of historical industrial and architectural heritage which form the group of Mill buildings of which Farfield Mill is a part.
b. promote and educate the general public about the cultural significance and heritage of: (i) the production of wool and textiles in Sedbergh, surrounding districts, the Yorkshire Dales and Cumbria; and (ii) the historical role of Farfield Mill in development of the production of textiles locally.
• the preservation and improvement of fine craftsmanship, in particular but not exclusively, weaving and other textile crafts;
• to advance education in the arts by the establishment and maintenance of an arts and heritage centre in particular but not exclusively through:
• the provision for the public of opportunities to learn about the art and practices of weavers and other artists and craftspeople and to examine their work
c. the provision of open workspace for use by new and existing creative enterprises on favourable terms, so that the public can view weavers and other artists and craftspeople engaged in art and practices of craftspeople
d. for any other exclusively charitable purpose for the benefit of the public and residents of Sedbergh and the surrounding districts as the Board determine from time to time.
Opening Times and Admissions
Mill 10.30am-4pm The Tea Room 10.30am-3pm
Standard Admission £4.05
Gift Admission £4.50 (includes 10% donation)
Free for children and students
Subscriptions for 2017 are £15 (single) and £25 (couple) which entitles you to visit Farfield Mill as often as you like, any day of the week, all year round (unless we're closed of course!)
We need to raise £365,000 to ensure the future of the Mill.
Farfield Mill is a unique place that astounds people from all over the world. If you've enjoyed superb exhibitions, weaving demonstrations and craft displays, please help us so you and your children can continue to visit us in the future.
Two years ago a strengthened Board of Trustees began the process of change. The new Board, together with a team of dedicated staff, volunteers and resident artists have had great results so far and our visitor numbers have increased.
However, in order to survive we needed to convert from a charitable company to a charitable Community Benefit Society (or CBS). This allows us to raise funds by selling shares to put us on a sustainable footing for the future.
A CBS is a new kind of co-operative that operates for the benefit of the community - it is a democratic organisation run by its members.
You can become a member by investing in community shares (please visit our site's homepage). Each member has an equal say regardless of how much they invest.
The future of the Mill is in all our hands - please help us to save it.
The preservation of Farfield Mill has given the opportunity to present its history from its origin in 1836 to the present day.
Our heritage display was created by local people with support from the Heritage Lottery Fund. It shows examples of the processes involved in producing woollen cloth and the social history associated with the Mill. Included within our exhibition is a 300-year-old Witney blanket loom.
Many visitors appreciate the rugged stone exterior. Like many other buildings in the Yorkshire Dales and Lake District it echoes a lifestyle now lost.
"Lovely use of an old space!" P Slain, Chesterfield
"Fascinating piece of history." Younies, Bangkok, Thailand
"Excellent walk back in history." Spedding, London