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Introduction to Thwaite Watermill

Thwaite Watermill Museum sits on a tranquil island surrounded by the River Aire and the Aire and Calder Navigation. The site houses one of the last examples of a working water-powered mill in Britain and has a history dating back as far as 1641, when King Charles I was on the throne!

During its long working life the mill site served a variety of industrial purposes, from fulling (a textiles process) to producing putty for sealing window frames, and provided a home for generations of families. As such, it offers a unique lens through which to view many aspects of local social and industrial history.