Mills were once a huge part of Welsh industry, but over the years the number still in use has declined. However, Trefriw is one of the few wool mills still in working use. Trefriw was originally a ‘pandy’ (fulling mill in English) and hand spun and woven cloth would be washed here. It used its position on the River Crafnant to drive the waterwheels and wash the wool.
Bought by Thomas Williams in 1859, the mill had been operating for over 30 years. These days it is still run and owned by that same family and the fast-flowing river is still used to drive the turbine and generate electricity to power the mill’s machinery. You’ll get to see how the goods are manufactured as well as craft demonstrations such as how fleece was spun into yarn on a spinning wheel in the times before the Industrial Revolution.
And of course the mill isn’t the only place to pick up some traditional Welsh goods. Visit the tea room too and you’ll find a variety of Welsh specialities including Welsh cakes and bara brith.
At the mill’s shop you can purchase a selection of goods made on-site including pure wool bedspreads, cushions, throws, rugs, tapestries, tweeds, ladies’ clothing, knitwear, bags, hats, purses and more.
Central to Trefriw, off the B5106 close to Llanrwst. There is parking available near to the woolen mills.
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