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Coldharbour Mill Museum

Uffculme, Cullompton EX15 3EE, England
+44 1884 840960
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Fantastic and unique

A really great way to spend a few hours in any weather. This factory is unique in that it has both... read more

Reviewed 14 July 2017
John H
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Taunton, United Kingdom
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Unspoiled and authentic

A wonderful setting, completely unspoiled so you can imagine what it must have been like in the old... read more

Reviewed 7 July 2017
Helen A
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Welcome to Coldharbour Mill, a 200 year old spinning mill set in the tranquil Devon village of Uffculme. Built by Thomas Fox to spin woollen and later worsted yarns in 1799, Coldharbour Mill is a rare surviving example of Georgian architecture, industry and enterprise. Since reopening as a museum in 1982 the mill has continued to produce high quality worsted knitting yarn on its period machinery. Take a fascinating factory tour to understand how the hand processes of spinning and weaving are performed on machines and the role of Thomas Fox in bringing these new inventions into the South West. Learn about Victorian mill conditions and how Quaker attitudes influenced the treatment and welfare of mill employees, many of whom were children. Take a look at the mill's impressive array of power sources including a recently restored 1821 High Breast Shot Water Wheel, the largest in the South West, an 1867 Kittoe & Brotherhood Beam Engine, a rare 1910 Pollit & Wigzell 300hp Steam Engine and a Lancashire Boiler, which we 'Steam Up' on special event days (see the museum's event page). On the first floor of the Mill, there is an exhibition celebrating the manufacture of puttees - one of the Fox firm's iconic products and the Fox Gallery houses a permanent 'Home Front' exhibition with displays and memorabilia relating to the war (WWII) years. The mill shop sells many unique products, including a range of knitting wools and fabrics manufactured exclusively by the mill. With this and so much more, a visit to Coldharbour Mill is an exciting and very different day out.
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Uffculme, Cullompton EX15 3EE, England
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Reviewed 14 July 2017 via mobile

A really great way to spend a few hours in any weather. This factory is unique in that it has both water and steam power still present in the mill building. In addition, they are still in their original locations. This factory is also unusual...More

Thank John H
Reviewed 7 July 2017

A wonderful setting, completely unspoiled so you can imagine what it must have been like in the old days, even though all the hustle and bustle of the workers are missing. A very interesting and informative guided talk was given.Everyone very friendly.

Thank Helen A
Martin H, General Manager at Coldharbour Mill Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 14 July 2017

Dear Helen, Thank you for taking the time to leave a review, I am so pleased you enjoyed your visit. Regards Martin

Reviewed 6 July 2017

Went to Coldharbour Mill last week. Easy to find. Great parking. Very helpful man in the ticket shop. Nice little cafe, although there wasn't much of a selection of food - perhaps more in the way of savoury i.e. sausage rolls, sandwiches ? Lovely friendly...More

Thank Lynda V
Reviewed 1 July 2017

You can either look round at your own pace or go on a guided tour. I'd recommend the tour because our guide explained the process very well and started up the machines so we could see exactly what they do. It's fascinating seeing and feeling...More

Thank Heather C
Martin H, General Manager at Coldharbour Mill Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 July 2017

HI Heather, Thanks for the great review, so pleased you had a great visit. We hope you will visit again soon. Best wishes Martin

Reviewed 28 May 2017 via mobile

Really cool attraction, with working exhibits and friendly/knowledgable staff. Great if you like the industrial revolution, machinery, history and manufacturing. However there isn't a huge amount to do, the coffee shop is pretty sparse and probably not ideal for young children. Would defiantly recommend it.More

Thank Robinxr4i
Martin H, General Manager at Coldharbour Mill Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 July 2017

HI Robin, Thanks for the great review, very much appreciated, its great to hear you enjoyed your visit, as a small charity we rely on volunteers and donations as we don't get any public funding, our cafe is newly set up, so its a work...More

Reviewed 28 May 2017

We stopped for tea to break our journey, but enjoyed the peace & tranquillity. It would be good for an educational visit to see the working water mill and museum.

Thank Lucy V
Martin H, General Manager at Coldharbour Mill Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 July 2017

Hi Lucy, please do come back for a tour :)

Reviewed 19 May 2017

I first visited in the 1990's when this project was just getting off the ground. This visit was good but much remained the same, from outward appearances, as I remembered it, although I'm sure that much hard work has been going on through the intervening...More

Thank Chris P
Reviewed 6 May 2017

Brilliant place with lots of information but not too much around the tour. Gives you a great idea of how things were when the mill was running. very helpful lady in reception.

Thank WettonJT
Martin H, Manager at Coldharbour Mill Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 7 May 2017

Thank you for your feedback it is very much appreciated.

Reviewed 20 April 2017

This is an interesting visit for all the family, particularly on one of their occasional 'Steam Days' (approx. monthly so check their website). On these occasions the working engines are fired up and the whole place comes alive with rhythmic clanking, hissing and vibration (pics)....More

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Martin H, Manager at Coldharbour Mill Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 28 April 2017

Dear Jim, Thank you for such a detailed review it is very much appreciated, I know the cafe was much busier than anticipated, our volunteers learn from the experience and feedback such as yours.

Reviewed 23 February 2017 via mobile

We had a fantastic morning at the recent open day, was great to see how it all operated 'back in the day' my children (6&10) both found it interesting and the knowledge of the volunteers was amazing and they managed to answer all the questions...More

Thank gemmay2017
Martin H, Manager at Coldharbour Mill Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 23 February 2017

Thank you for the great feedback, we are pleased you had a great visit, if you need more wool, pop along again :-)

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Response from Pete D | Reviewed this property |
If you go to the Coldharbour Mill wesite you should be able to download tickets.If there was a problem,buying tickets on arrival has never taken me more than five minutes or so. The Cafe should be open on a steaming day. I... More
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Shcokete
3 May 2015|
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Yes they do. I went yesterday and instead of paying the usual £8.80 for an OAP, I paid £6.75.
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