THERE’S a fascinating window on the past open to visitors heading for Holmfirth and all without a wrinkled stocking in sight.
This particular whiff of nostalgia has nothing to do with Compo’s wellies or Cleggy’s cloth cap.
But it has everything to do with the aromas from the motoring themed Oil Can Café and the fascinating collection of vintage and classic vehicles housed in a restoration workshop all under the same Carding Shed roof at Washpit Mill.
Step inside the Grade II listed, former textiles premises, just over a mile from Holmfirth centre, and be transported back in time.
From clothes to cars, coffees to cycles, the Carding Shed offers a unique glimpse of a bygone age.
And with around 100,000 annual visitors, the Carding Shed has become a popular attraction on the Holmfirth tourist trail.
Previously based at Dobroyd Mills in Hepworth, the family business, which employs nearly 50 people, recently completed its re-location to this quiet corner of one-time industrial West Yorkshire.
Ben Kellett and brother James have taken over the day-to-day running from their parents though dad Ian and mum Nicola still work at Washpit.
And they are keen to extend an invitation to Saddleworth residents to see what’s on offer less than half an hour’s drive away.
“Saddleworth is not so far away and once people visit us they will see we are more than just a café,” explained Ben.
“We’re not saying it’s a full day out but there is plenty for people to see, have a wander and enjoy something to eat and drink at the same time.
“Our main business though is the classic car restoration garage where we restore old cars all owned by our customers.
“We also probably do four full restorations a year. We do modern cars as well but we specialist in vintage cars, mainly from the 50s and 60s.
“We also have a vintage style clothes shop and of course the Oil Can Café which offers a full menu; more pub menu than coffee shop. We also now have got our alcohol licence.”
Many of the Café exhibits are now donated by customers.
“My dad has collected a lot of memorabilia for 20 years,” added Ben.
“We also get a lot donated, whether it be old signs, old number plates or cans. The fact they can now be displayed on a wall for others to see is quite appealing.”
Admission to the Carding Shed is free and it opens from Tuesday to Sunday from 10am-4pm.