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Published: 02 May 2020

By Andy Ross

A 19th Century waulk mill

This set of images is of a waulk mill, a weaving and finishing building, the latter being the final part of the process of creating cloth. Once a fabric such as tweed has been woven it is "waulked" or finished by washing and sometimes beating it to make felted cloth. In a building like this the entire process could be done, weaving, finishing and stretching out the fabric afterwards to dry it.

With a little imagination it is not hard to picture the buzz and noise that must have been the daily life of this factory when it was alive and working.