History at Hardcastle Crags
People have lived, worked and played in Hardcastle Crags and Gibson Mill for over 200 years. Weirs, stepping stones and packhorse trails all hint at past activities.
From industrial centre, to entertainment emporium, Gibson Mill and Hardcastle Crags have seen huge changes over the years. People have been visiting the Crags for leisure and entertainment for over 100 years.
Built in around 1800, Gibson Mill was one of the first mills of the Industrial Revolution. The addition of the weaving shed in 1840 led to the production of cotton cloth until1890. At the turn of the century, it started a new life as an Entertainment Emporium with roller skating and tea dances until 1940 when it fell into ruin. The National Trust acquired it in 1950.
Find out more about the people who shaped this unique place.
Find out out how 5 generations of the same family shaped this place.
From Handloom Weaving to the Entertainment Emporium era, Lister Hollindrake started one of the first cafes at Hardcastle Crags.
Find out more about the temporary houses that were put up in Heptonstall to house workers who were building resevoirs and the Hardcastle Crags railway.