Bancroft Mill Engine Trust is an independent registered charity. It was formed in 1980 to preserve the industrial heritage of the last working steam mill engine in the area.
Bancroft is a working museum open to the public with free entry most Saturdays throughout the year from 11-3pm. Guided tours are normally Saturdays depending on the avaialbility of volunteers. There is no fixed charge for these but would ask you to make a modest donation to the Trust. Alternatively you may conduct yourselves around the site. The museum is also open and the engine in steam between 1pm and 3.45pm on many Sundays from March through to early December when tours also operate. Check the link to Steaming days for the full list.
Special steamings for groups can be arranged, Bancroft Mill is often used as a meeting point for motoring groups on our regular steaming days and members of the general public are usually able to view the vehicles.
This magnificent mill engine, with its two cylinders and 16 foot flywheel can generate over 600 Indicated Horsepower and originally drove some 1,250 weaving looms via its main shaft more than 260 feet in length. The Bancroft Mill Engine Trust relies entirely on visitor entrance, 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 from pens through to the Bancroft DVD and tea towels woven on our own loom.