Situated in the heart of Clitheroe, Holmes Mill is a quirky celebration of food, drink and entertainment. As well as hosting weddings, the former textiles mill has a beer & food hall, hotel, ice cream parlour as well as an onsite shop selling local produce.
Holmes Mill has become one of my absolute favourite wedding venues and I’ve been fortunate enough to photograph here on several occasions.
I’ve visited a few times with friends too, just to enjoy the excellent food and Bowland Brewery beer in the magnificent onsite beer hall.
Holmes Mill History
The original mill opened in 1823 as a textile spinning block. Following the initial construction, the mill quickly expanded from one building to many, becoming a large manufacturing complex and incorporating offices by the mid 1800s.
Sadly, as heavy industry began to decline in the north of England, Holmes Mill fell into disrepair and the complex laid derelict & un-loved for decades.
Fast forward to 2015, the Grade II-listed site was purchased by James’ Places Group with a vision to bring the beautiful & historic building back to life, whilst at the same time being sympathetic to the original features.
The Engine Room
With the expanding capabilities of the site came engines and boilers to power the new weaving shed. The most impressive of these was a Clayton, Goodfellow & Company cross-compound horizontal engine, installed in 1910. We call her Elizabeth, and you can still see her in all her glory in The Engine Room of our Beer Hall!
Beer & Food Hall
At the heart of the entire complex is the new brewery and beer hall, a showcase for Bowland beers alongside many others from respected suppliers both nationally and worldwide.
As an animal lover, one of the greatest things about Holmes Mill is that dogs are welcome inside the beer & food hall. Water is available for your furry friends to cool off whilst you tuck into your meal and enjoy a drink.
Have a nosey at some weddings I’ve photographed at Holmes Mill