Bancroft Mill Engine Trust was registered as a charity in 1986
to preserve the industrial heritage of the last working steam mill
engine in the area.
In 2020 the role of the Trust was taken over by a new charity, Bancroft Mill Engine Museum CIO.
Bancroft is a working museum open to the public with free entry most Saturdays throughout the year from 10am-3pm. Guided tours are normally possible on Saturdays depending on the availability of volunteers. There is no fixed charge for these but would ask you to make a modest donation to the Museum. Alternatively you may conduct yourselves around the site. The museum is also open and the engines run in steam between 1pm and 3.45pm on many Sundays from March through to mid November when tours also operate. Check the link to Steaming Days for the full list.
Special steamings for groups can be arranged,
The Roberts engine in the main engine house, with its two cylinders and 16 foot flywheel could generate over 600 Indicated Horsepower when run at 160psi and originally drove around 1,200 weaving looms via its main shaft more than 260 feet in length.
In 2006,(?) the Trust, as it then was, began an ambitious project to rebuild and restore a second engine rescued from a mill at Bradley near Skipton. This took considerable financial and human resources over more than a decade, and the 'Bradley' engine was officially inaugurated in September 2017.The Museum relies entirely on visitor entrance fees, donations and membership fees for its day to day running expenses. If you would like to donate, make a bequest or join our band of volunteers to help in this valuable and highly enjoyable work then please click on the appropriate link, you do not have to be an engineer as there are many interesting tasks to be done.
The mill site is 95% disabled friendly with ample free parking and on
Steaming Days we have refreshments available, along with a range of original souvenirs
the most popular being tea towels woven on one of our our looms.