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Laxey Woollen Mills

Type:Locally Made Products

Laxey Woollen Mills

About

Founded in 1881 by Egbert Rydings and John Ruskin's Guild of St.George, to promote and preserve the art of weaving traditional Manx tweed and worsted.

Still a working mill, quality woollen cloth continues to be woven, six days a week, on the two pedal looms within the mill shop. Using either the 1926 Hattersley pedal loom or the 1998 Griffin loom (the same a 'Harris' loom), the master weaver and apprentice weaver produce cloth for all the travel rugs, scarves, Manx tartans and tweeds, both traditional and contemporary. Some of the cloth is used in the production of our tweed and worsted (fine wool) garments, kilts, hats, caps, and wraps; but the majority is available in pre-cut skirt lengths or to buy, by the metre, for clothing, upholstery & interior design and craft projects. We weave Laxey Manx Tartan and Manx Hunting Tartan travel rugs, which are unique to us, as are the Manx Loaghtan plaids . We ship all over the world, so if you can't fit in your suitcase, we can post it.

You will probably be met by the 'meet-& greet' committee, i.e. Rick the Mill Dog, their Irish Wheaten Terrier, whose tasks are many and varied; Chief quality tester of of all newly woven tweed; sculptor of yarn cones; biscuit wrangler (don't let those eyes fool you); softness expert, in charge of sheepskin rugs; and general obstacle, lying in everyone's way. 

Laxey Woollen Mills also use wool from the famous four-horned Manx Loaghtan sheep, born and bred in the Manx sunshine, to weave fantastically warm rugs, a range of stunning un-dyed natural toned tweeds, plus bespoke tailored jackets, coats, waistcoats, handbags, woollen garments, locally knitted mitts, teddy bears, knitting wools and other accessories.

As they only weave, their fine quality knitwear comes from either Ireland or Scotland, keeping it Celtic. Laxey Woollen Mills also have sheepskin slippers and rugs, hand-tooled Manx-made leather belts, leather & tweed brogues and boots, a wide range of Celtic inspired jewellery and Element Isle silver jewellery deisigned & crafted here on the Island.

Upstairs, within in the Hodgson Loom Art Gallery, there exists, possibly, the last surviving example of the 1918 Hodgson Loom and a 1958 wooden Arrol loom. Although they are no longer currently in use, there are plans afoot to bring them back to life. The gallery, which was the old Loomery, now hosts monthly exhibitions by the vast array of artists living and working on the Isle of Man. Check out the Hodgson Loom Gallery facebook page to see what is currently on show.

Facilities

Accessibility

  • Disabled Accessibility - Wheel chair access through the main mill entrance for the tweed cloth, Access to the main shop through the rear of the building where it is possible to also park a vehicle.

Parking & Transport

  • Parking available on site

Payment Methods

  • Accepts major credit and debit cards

Provider Facilities

  • Public toilets
Glen Road, Laxey, IM4 7AR
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Tel01624 861395

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Opening Times

* Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day

Map & Directions

Road Directions

The main coast road, A2, from Douglas to Ramsey goes through Laxey. Travelling from Douglas, drive through Laxey and take the right hand turn after the petrol station and then the MER tram station, down Captain's Hill, At the bottom, take a left onto Glen Road and you will see the big Laxey Woollen Mills stone building in front of you.

Travelling from Ramsey on the A2 you will come down the hill approaching the village, around a sharp left hand bend onto the bridge above the small Lady Evelyn water wheel. Directly at the end of the bridge, turn left down Captain's Hill. At the bottom, turn left onto Glen Road where you will see the large stone Laxey Woollen Mills buliding in front of you. 

There is a large, free car park. Toilet facilities available.

Disabled access is available at the other end of the mill building.

Public Transport Directions

By public transport take the hourly Number 3 and 3A buses, Douglas to Ramsey via Laxey. There is a bus stop on the main road in front of the Manx Electric Railway station. It will take approximately 5 -10 minutes to wander down the hill to the Mill. There is a seasonal drop-off village minibus which will drop you at the door (times vary).

By Manx Electric Railway to Laxey. There is a footpath behind the station that will lead down on to Captain's Hill. Follow on down hill and turn left at the bottom and you will see the big stone mill building in front of you across a small bridge.

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