Mick and Daniel were supposed to be playing their last cricket match of the season on Saturday. The weather was a bit iffy and we didn't know if it would be called off, but the day dawned sunny so I thought I'd be having a day at home. As it happened, the opposition couldn't get a team together so it ended up being cancelled anyway.
I'd read that it was a Heritage Open Day weekend where free access is given to places which are usually closed to the public or charge for admission. As Mick now had a free day, we decided to head off to Colne Valley Museum.
Colne Valley Museum is situated in Golcar, a village located on a hillside crest above the Colne Valley. Three former 1840's weavers' cottages were converted, in 1970, in to the museum. I'd read that there'd be weaving, spinning and clog making demonstrations, and though Mick wasn't particularly interested, I thought it would make an interesting day out.
Unfortunately, photography wasn't allowed so I'm unable to show any photos of the inside of the museum. The museum is run entirely by volunteers, and they were excellent in their knowledge of the period. They'd dressed up and really looked, and talked, the part. The loom chamber had an impressive range of machinery, though there were no demonstrations of how they actually worked on this particular day. There was a lady doing some spinning though and she was more than happy to explain everything. There were lots of spinning wheels on show. The clog maker was very busy and there were lots of examples of his work to see.
My favourite part of the museum was the period living room and wash kitchen. It must have been a hard life back in the mid nineteenth century.
After visiting the museum, we had a little wander around the village.
There's lots of ginnels, small paths or alleyways, around Golcar and there's now a Ginnel Trail which takes you right around the village and allows you to take in the views. We didn't walk the trail on this occasion though.
The older part of the village has many examples of weavers' cottages built for the domestic woollen industry. These houses have long rows of windows. Living accommodation was on the lower floor, with the loom chamber on the upper floor, just as we'd seen in the museum.
It was a nice outing, but I was pleased to get home really. I'd woken up feeling a little groggy and wondered if I was coming down with something. It's now turned in to a cold. I could hear coughing during the night last night and Eleanor's got up for school this morning feeling a little worse for wear, she's coming down with it too, though there's no keeping her off school, she always manages to drag herself in.