Coldharbour Mill near Tiverton

Coldharbour Mill near Tiverton

One of the oldest woollen mills in the UK having been in continuous production since 1797. Originally owned by world-renowned textile producers Fox Brothers, the Mill took fleece from all over the world and transformed it into yarn, cloth and textiles.

Coldharbour Mill near Tiverton

 

Coldharbour Mill is one of the oldest woollen mills in the UK having been in continuous production since 1797. Originally owned by world-renowned textile producers Fox Brothers, the Mill took fleece from all over the world and transformed it into yarn, cloth and textiles. Today the rich heritage lives on as one of the finest working wool museums where visitors are not just able to relive the sights and sounds of the industrial revolution but also see crafts men and women making traditional textiles, beautiful knitting yarn and hand woven rugs.

 

“probably one of the best-preserved textile mill complexes in the country.” – Historic England

 

Coldharbour Mill is referenced in the Doomsday book and was originally a mill for corn or grist set in 15 acres of land within the village of Uffculme, Devon. The name “Coldharbour” is said to be derived from the Anglo Saxon “Columb” meaning “Cold Shelter” or “Cold Valley”.

 

The area had plenty of resources, such as an ample supply of sheep, and therefore fleeces, and also easy access to the River Culm for a continuous supply of water.

Seeing an opportunity for developing his woollen textile business, the land, complete with buildings and its own water wheel was bought by Thomas Fox in 1797 for 1100 guineas.

Thomas Fox a large wool-spinning mill on the site, to serve his weaving factories in Somerset and opened it in 1799. His sons Thomas and Edward formed the company the Fox Brothers and continued their father’s work.

 

Originally the mill was powered by the waterwheel, with a new one installed in 1821, however the Fox Brothers were keen innovators and making use of new technology they installed the steam engines in 1865 to power the looms and keep up with production demands. At this point the Fox Brothers changed their business from woollen to worsted spinning enabling a larger range of products with a higher quality finish. Coldharbour Mill played a key part in the Industrial Revolution as it developed from domestic or cottage industry to large scale factory production, distributing products throughout the world.

 

We are proud to be one of the oldest working woollen textile mills in the world. Coldharbour Mill opened as a museum in 1982 and is a rare surviving example of Georgian architecture, industry and enterprise.

 

Depart for Home Approx. 16.30

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Name Address Contact Details
Bridgwater Bridgwater Mount Street Bus Stop
Rear of Angel Place Shopping centre
Bristol Anchor Road West Anchor Road, Outside @ Bristol
Westbound Bus Stop
Bristol Tesco Tesco's Eastville Bus stop - Jct 2 of M32
(Tesco's Car park only has a 2 Hr. parking limit)
Burnham on Sea Burnham on Sea, Pier Street
Bus Stop The Old Pier Tavern
Clevedon Clevedon
First Choice Travel Agency
Gordano Gordano M5 Services CAR PARK
Highbridge Highbridge, Church Street Bus Stop
Near to Church
Weston Borough Arms Sth Outside the Borough Arms Bus Shelter
Locking Road
Weston-super-Mare Weston-super-Mare
Locking Road Car Park
Worle - Homebase South Worle - Bridge Farm Opposite Homebase Bus Stop
New Bristol Road
Worle - south bound Worle - Preanes Green, New Bristol Rd.
Opposite side of Road to Summer Lane Bus Shelter
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