THIS Sunday, October 20, brings almost the last chance this year to see the two unique steam engines running at Bancroft Mill, Barnoldswick.

One is the 650 HP Roberts engine which originally powered the mill - this is the biggest mill engine in Lancashire.

The other is a 300HP Smith Bros & Eastwood engine, rescued 15 years ago from a mill at Bradley near Skipton.

Visitors will be able to see weaving demonstrations on two looms and have a chance to buy unique woven-on-the premises tea towels.

Free guided tours will take place at various times during the afternoon or people can explore on their own.

Ninety-nine years ago, when Bancroft Mill opened, there were more looms per head in Barnoldswick than anywhere else in the world. They were powered by at least 13 steam engines; now there are just two engines left, cared for by the small band of dedicated volunteers.

The mill is suitable for all ages and some lucky youngsters may even be invited to start the Roberts engine.

There is disabled access to the majority of the site, free parking, a tea room, gift shop selling unique souvenirs including tea towels woven on site, a collection of model steam engines and a historic site to explore. Dogs are welcome on a lead.

The mill will be open from 11am, with the engines running at intervals from 1pm to 3.45pm.

Admission: Adults £6, Concessions £5, Family Ticket £15 (2 adults and up to 4 children), Children 5 and Under – Free.

Bancroft Mill Engine Trust was set up in 1986 to preserve and demonstrate what is now Lancashire's largest running steam mill engine. Run entirely by volunteers and dependant on the generosity of its visitors and volunteers to meet its running costs, public support on steaming days like this helps to preserve this important part of the region’s industrial heritage.

The trust is always keen to attract new volunteers to help in all aspects of running the mill. If you are interested in helping, speak to one of the volunteers or contact