“An archive film made by Ken Howarth at Wikes Woollen Mill, Bury, Lancashire c 1976. The weaving shed…

"An archive film made by Ken Howarth at Wikes Woollen Mill, Bury, Lancashire c 1976. The weaving shed and looms are unusual. The looms are 20 or so feet in width and need a flying shuttle to propel the weft across the warp. The shuttles are flying shuttles based on the fly-shuttle invented by John Kay of Bury in 1733. Wikes were weaving heavy woollen felt blanket used to support wet pulp inside a high-speed paper-making machine."

An archive film made by Ken Howarth at Wikes Woollen Mill, Bury, Lancashire c 1976. The weaving shed