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Coldharbour Mill Museum

Uffculme, Cullompton EX15 3EE, England
+44 1884 840960
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An Unexpectedly Fascinating Visit

We had never been here before and made a good choice in coming on a steam day - the lady guide... read more

Reviewed 29 October 2017
Corinne R
An enjoyable and informative day out

The mill consists of a jumble of buildings and of course the old waterwheel. The machinery is... read more

Reviewed 7 October 2017
Brenda B
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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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Reviewed 29 October 2017

We had never been here before and made a good choice in coming on a steam day - the lady guide brought the woolen mill to life for us, she was so informative and clearly passionate about the mill. The steam part is separate and...More

1  Thank Corinne R
Reviewed 7 October 2017

The mill consists of a jumble of buildings and of course the old waterwheel. The machinery is displayed well and there is a recorded commentary to explain what each part did and a little about what the work was like for people. The cafe is...More

Thank Brenda B
Reviewed 2 October 2017

Only working on "steam days" so rather expensive otherwise - £8.80 for over 60s. Cafe was good for coffee and a snack and a little shop which didn't sell much of interest.

Thank Mafiamumma
Reviewed 29 September 2017

Wool mill with a mixture of wool/weaving machines and steam engines. All very interesting and a mix of things from 1800s up to latter part of 20th century. Mill tour was OK, steam tour was very good. This place could be improved - eg they...More

Thank Steve C
Reviewed 5 September 2017

Well worth a visit especially on steam up days. The guided trip around the mill brings alive past times.

Thank jedabeel
Martin H, General Manager at Coldharbour Mill Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 6 September 2017

Thank you for a great review :-)

Reviewed 28 August 2017

We visited today on a steam up day. It was really educational and great to see some of the machines working. My 6 year old and four year old found it really interesting and volunteers were great with them. Unfortunatley at least 3 older female...More

Thank Matt R
Martin H, General Manager at Coldharbour Mill Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 31 August 2017

Matt, Thank you for doing this review, its really helpful, we are really pleased you found the mill worthwhile listing, We are sorry that you were made to feel uncomfortable, our volunteers are always keen on making visitors feel part of the family, however we...More

Reviewed 28 August 2017 via mobile

A brilliant insight into the industrial history of the Devon and Somerset area, present and past. Brilliant guided tour of factory floor and demonstration of the machines used. My sons loved the machines and all there moving parts, not to mention the steam Engines. The...More

Thank Steve C
Martin H, General Manager at Coldharbour Mill Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 31 August 2017

HI Steve, many thanks for the review of your visit, the volunteers will be over the moon that you had such a good day.

Reviewed 22 August 2017 via mobile

We visited the mill whilst staying with my parents . My daughter had actually been here five years previously with a school trip and had thoroughly enjoyed it. We went for a coffee at the cafe as we arrived. We were surprised that the cafe...More

Thank hazelanstey
Martin H, General Manager at Coldharbour Mill Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 31 August 2017

HI Hazel, thank you for your review, its very helpful in improving the mill for all visitors, as a small independent charity with no public funding, we do unfortunately have to prioritise our resources to maintain this site of national significance, your feedback on the...More

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
Martin H, General Manager at Coldharbour Mill Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 31 August 2017

Hi John, Thank you for your review, we are really pleased you enjoyed your visit. We hope to see you again sometime soon.

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

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Anne E
31 December 2016|
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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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Response from Shcokete | Reviewed this property |
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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