The Old Flax Mill

The Old Flax Mill

In Tudor times the manufacture of linen began as a cottage industry in Knaresborough, which later became renowned for ‘the finest cloth’. this former flax mill dating from 1808 in the best surviving example of its type. Here raw flax was heckled (combed) by hand before being spun and woven at other mills across town. In 2000 after a life of industrial use, the building was transformed into a contemporary art gallery.

In this former flax mill, dating from the early 19th century, raw flax (linen) was combed and prepared for spinning and weaving in the other mills in Knaresborough. It is now the home of Art in the Mill.