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Leri Tweed Mills
Leri Tweed Mills

Leri Tweed Mill, Talybont

Leri / Lerry Mills, situated at the confluence of the Ceulan and Leri rivers produced Tweed for suit making using both water wheels from the river and workers to power the looms and spinning machinery.

Little history can be found about the mills but they were built on the site of an old furnace which smelted the lead from local lead mines. Records date this back to 1642.  The mill itself stopped meaningful production around 1958-60 in-line with when the UK became a net cotton importer and the general demise of the industry put paid to over 800 mills.  At this time the two mills (the one photographed here is further down the riverbank) were purchased by Mr J Hughes – he ran the mills with his wife till the end of 1980 as a popular tourist attraction.  In the August of 1981 they put the whole site, including a 6 bedroom house, the two tweed mills, a craft shop and 14 acres of land around the river bank with shooting & fishing rights, for sale at a guide price £150’000.  The site appears never to have been sold and has gradually fallen into decay since.

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  1. Probably best to not ask

  2. I would love to visit and take some pictures if some one could let me know who to contact?

  3. My family still live at the mill. My grandad, John, will be 90 this year and my father also still lives there. It was an incredible place to grow up. No one is more sad at how the buildings are decaying than us. It is, however, far more complex and expensive to be put simply. Listed buildings are hard work. But I have hopes for the future. I’d ask people visiting to please respect that this is our home, please don’t sneak down if you visit. Only today a group did so. We don’t mind the occasional visitor, but remember the buildings are unsafe too.

  4. These pictures are stunning, do you know who owns the mill? How did you get access?

  5. We holidayed near here several times in the 50s and my father bought tweed to have made up into suits each time. The suits were good for years and then becam ‘work suits’ as in those days most men worked in ‘proper’ clothes. One of the times we visited my father and the owner had a long discussion about the building work being done on the mill and wheel – my father being a builder and very interested. It is sad to see the mill abandoned.

  6. charles cleverdon

    my grand mothers family used to own the mills and it was the most wonderful place to visit as a child, watching the looms being operated by the water mills and elizabeth and john hughes were such good people

  7. I’ve seen these photos several times and almost weep each time.

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