All posts tagged: The Carding Shed


Here we are in that rather strange time period – between Christmas and New Year. ‘Twixtmas’ The period between Boxing Day and New Year’s Eve presents an opportunity to do something different. It gives the chance to take stock, do things we don’t normally get time to do. As this is a time to reflect on the year soon to be behind us all, I have lots of high spots and some lows to remember. The highs – I thought I’d pinch some images from the last 12 months, together with a few words of wisdom,  and ‘voila’!  

The Carding Shed – The Perfect Pit Stop

The Carding Shed sits in the village of Hepworth, close to Holmfirth. (For the unfamiliar, this is also where Last of the Summer Wine was set). It is reached just off the main road, well away from any noise, at Dobroyd Mills. Dobroyd Mills, which dominates the village, was once a major contributor to the West Yorkshire textile industry, producing fine worsted cloth for export. The Carding Shed housed the machines used for carding, a process that disentangles, cleans and intermixes wool fibres prepared for the spinning of cloth. On arrival it looks like any other building/warehouse, but on closer inspection there are slight differences. Just at the side of the main door are two rather large sets of traffic lights. And what sits beyond is vintage car after car, now home to IK Classics Garage Services. Some are in immaculate condition, others in the middle of renovation, and many being safely stored for their owners. Back indoors there is the delightful ‘Oil Can Café’, serving delicious homemade cakes, sandwiches and tasty looking pie and …