Fulling Shed, New Ing Mills, Batley, West Yorkshire

Fulling Shed, New Ing Mills, Batley, West Yorkshire
Photograph taken June 1986 © Copyright Crown copyright.NMR ref: BB86/01536

Fulling is the controlled shrinkage of woollen cloth, which helps to give it a close weave. Large hammers or rollers pound the material while a solution of soap and a fulling agent is added. The process was mechanised in the medieval period; previously workers' feet pounded the cloth.