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The Stroudwater Textile Trust

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Dunkirk Mills, Stroud, UK

The Stroudwater Textile Trust is committed to promoting the Stroud Valleys’ rich textile heritage and to celebrate past and present textile practice, craft, and art.

We manage Dunkirk Mill Museum and Gigg Mill Weaving Shed both at Nailsworth.  We also have a wide range of other activities: mounting exhibitions, arranging guided walks, producing publications and running an extensive educational programme for both schools and adults. Come and visit us. Find out more about this fascinating industry’s past and how it is reinventing itself in the present.

  • See historic machinery powered by an immense water wheel
  • Discover what a teazle raising gig is and see one of the last remaining examples at work
  • Find out how a machine designed to trim cloth inspired the invention of the first lawn mower
  • Watch weaving demonstrations on handlooms and a power loom
  • Hear how Stroud scarlet cloth provided the uniform of the British Army and how cloth made in Stroud still covers snooker and pool tables around the world
  • Take a walk round these beautiful Cotswold valleys and see just a few of the hundred and more mills that were once hard at work in the area round Stroud

Open Mills:  Dunkirk and St Mary’s

The Stroudwater Textile Trust season of opening mills begins on the weekend 27th April and continues until 25th September. The mills are open for free visits on the National Open Mills Weekend 11th/12th May when St Mary’s will host an artists’ installation and a display of 3D microscopic images of wool, cloth and local flora and other items.  This free event will be open the following weekend as well.