Discover the story of the once mighty woollen industry that existed in the heart of the beautiful Cotswold countryside…


Stroudwater Textile Trust tells the story of the Gloucestershire woollen industry. We restore and demonstrate historical textile machinery at two sites, Dunkirk Mill Centre and Gigg Mill, Nailsworth. We also have a wide range of other activities: mounting exhibitions, arranging guided walks, producing publications and running an extensive educational programme for both schools and adults. Come and visit us. Find out more about this fascinating industry’s past and how it is reinventing itself in the present.

  • See historic machinery powered by an immense water wheel
  • Discover what a teazle raising gig is and see one of the last remaining examples at work
  • Find out how a machine designed to trim cloth inspired the invention of the first lawn mower
  • Watch weaving demonstrations on handlooms and a power loom
  • Hear how Stroud scarlet cloth provided the uniform of the British Army and how cloth made in Stroud still covers snooker and pool tables around the world
  • Take a walk round these beautiful Cotswold valleys and see just a few of the hundred and more mills that were once hard at work in the area round Stroud

We are a charity run by volunteers. If you would like to support our work with a donation or legacy click here.