STOCK GHYLL AND THE MILLS


Stock Ghyll Force is a short walk from the centre of the village, it is a very pretty walk, and the falls are well worth visiting specially when we have had a lot of rain.

In days past the Stock was very important to the people of Ambleside as a source of power to the mills along it's banks.

The first mention was of a fulling mill in 1453 where the villagers were able to take their woollen home spun cloth to the mill for processing.

Eventually there were three fulling mills on the river, and cloth was supplied to Kendal, and made into woollen cloth Known to the Tudor citizens as Kendal green.

The woollen market in Kendal closed in 1825 when mechanisation of the mills was beginning to take over.Wool and the mills made the area prosperous in the old days.

Eventually there were two corn mills left, the old mill opposite Rattle Ghyll was still working when I was a child and possibly into the 1940's. We used to like to watch the mill wheel turning.

The last mill to close was the Stock Ghyll bobbin mill which produced bobbins for the Lancashire cotton mills, eventually when bobbins were made from plastic the demand for them ceased and now the mill and land has been turned over to houses.