Explore one of the most complete surviving examples of a twine making site in England. The site, which has origins dating back over 600 years, includes machinery and fittings, represents all stages of the manufacture and finishing of twine and Coker Sailcloth.
New oak posts have transformed the appearance of the 100m ropewalk, and our 'new' 23Hp stationary engine is ready to go.
Did You Know?The recently-straightened ropewalk was used to lay out long strands of yarn before it was twisted into twine.
Don't Miss!Our 'new' engine. We now have a 1927 Shanks diesel engine, made in Arbroath and rescued from a farm and lent by Phil Upshall. It's very similar to the Twineworks' original diesel which was sold when the works closed in 1968. We have cast a concrete base and lifted the engine onto it, and we have fitted the 1500lb 64" flywheel and crankshaft. It's all ready to go. We're having a bit of trouble starting it but it won't be long! In the meantime, our trusty little 2HP Ruston & Hornsby engine manages to turn all our machinery well enough to demonstrate things. AND Thanks to the generosity of people in the local community (including everyone at West Coker Primary School), the rotten oak post and the support scaffolding along the south edge of the ropewalk have now been replaced by new oak posts.
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We now have our own parking area. On the north side of the A30 High Street, adjacent to No 94 and infornt of the Dawes iron gates