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Coldharbour Mill Museum

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Address: Uffculme, Cullompton EX15 3EE, England
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Welcome to Coldharbour Mill, a 200 year old spinning mill set in the...

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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Visited today,an open day, and was very interested as in my younger days I spent a week at the mills in Yorkshire as I was studying a spinning, dyeing and weaving course. My... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Visited today,an open day, and was very interested as in my younger days I spent a week at the mills in Yorkshire as I was studying a spinning, dyeing and weaving course. My husband and I found it very interesting but, unfortunately, were unable to hear all that the guide was telling us. Several members of the group also found... More 

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Exeter, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Coldharbour Mill was a great day out and the tour was very interesting. I especially enjoyed looking at what happened to the machines and how they worked. I'd recommend a visit here.

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Exeter, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016

We visited to see the Mill but also the Christmas Fair and were surprised to have to pay full entry price to visit the Fair, but then could only tour the Mill with a guide at set times. This meant that we were not able to do both and so the visit was rather expensive for what we saw. Really... More 

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sophien-vsc, Visitor Service Coordinator at Coldharbour Mill Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to visit Coldharbour Mill and for writing this review. We're really pleased that you were able to make it to our Steam Day on Sunday and our Christmas Fayre, it was a great day for all! With regards to your visit, Sundays event was in essence, a Steam Day, which we hold nearly every... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

The staff were friendly and knowledgeable and the mill works and museum were well set out and very informative. The cafe was good but my visit was at the end of the day and food stocks were understandably low. The serving staff were great and the coffee was good. With more time I shall definitely re-visit to see the mills... More 

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sophien-vsc, Visitor Service Coordinator at Coldharbour Mill Museum, responded to this review

Hi Bob A Thank you so much for your lovely review and for taking the time to visit us! I'm pleased that you had an enjoyable visit and you're right, there is so much to see! We are really lucky to have such a knowledgeable and dedicated team here, they are always on hand to help! Do keep any eye... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

We visited on a Saturday afternoon with lovely Autumn weather. When we arrived there was only one car in the car park which I thought was ominous. We passed the café which was all closed and locked up. We walked down to the reception where there was a board outside advertising tours at 1, 2 and 3 o clock. We... More 

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sophien-vsc, Visitor Service Coordinator at Coldharbour Mill Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to visit us at Coldharbour Mill and for taking the time to write a review. It's saddening to hear that you didn't have an enjoyable visit as we take every effort to welcome our visitors and encourage them to take part in tours and learn about the history of the Mill. On this particular... More 

Teignmouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016

We have on four occasions when there has been a 'Steam Up'day,when all the Steam Engines that used to power the mill were in operation.The volunteers who are in attendence are friendly and very clear in their explanations.There are many displays which the purpose of the Mill and it's history. I have visited on my own and with Grandchildren and... More 

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sophien-vsc, Visitor Service Coordinator at Coldharbour Mill Museum, responded to this review

Hi Pete D Thank you very much for taking the time review Coldharbour Mill and we're glad to see that you've made so many return visits, we must be doing something right! We are really lucky to have such a great team of volunteers who work extremely hard to keep this rare working mill alive and who are always on... More 

Okehampton, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016

We visited on a "steam day" which definitely enhanced the visit.(once a month the steam engines which powered the mill can be seen working). Guides were interesting and informative and much of the machinery fascinating. We also enjoyed a snack in the café..However we came away feeling that much more could have been made of the attraction. The amount of... More 

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sophien-vsc, Visitor Service Coordinator at Coldharbour Mill Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review Coldharbour Mill and for visiting us on a Steam Day! It really is a great day out for all, and a wonderful experience! We are really lucky to have such a great team of volunteers who take part in our Mill and Steam tours as they really bring the story of the... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2016

I'm sure, if the mill had been 'open' on the day that my companions and I visited, that I would probably have rated the visit a four or a five. As it was, we consulted the times given on the back page of the current Coldharbour Mill brochure and travelled a considerable distance specifically to visit the mill, only to... More 

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sophien-vsc, Visitor Service Coordinator at Coldharbour Mill Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review Coldharbour Mill. We're sorry we missed you at the time of your visit. We have only just switched over to our autumn/winter opening times since the summer school holidays, where we were open all week (except Mondays). However I do completely understand our opening days/times may seem a little confusing, especially for... More 

London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2016

This working wool museum is very informative. Tours are run at 11.00, 12.00, 2.00 and 3.00 to enable you to see the machinery working. Great for all ages. There is a little waterside cafe serving tasty snacks. The setting is lovely - over the road there is a beautiful little riverside meadow too.

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sophien-vsc, Visitor Services Coordinator at Coldharbour Mill Museum, responded to this review

Hello Shampsee Thank you for taking the time to review Coldharbour Mill. It's great to learn that you had such an enjoyable visit with us and that you were able to join one of our regular Mill tours. They are really popular and we are very lucky to have such a great team of staff and volunteers who take you... More 

Exeter, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2016

This Mill is unique! The new combing shed is an asset and shows the complete process. Mill tours are so interesting with original machines working and producing textiles. The Dolls house exhibition is a joy, over 20 of them and the attention to detail is amazing! I was very impressed with the improvements since my last visit, new shop &... More 

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sophien-vsc, Visitor Services Coordinator at Coldharbour Mill Museum, responded to this review

Hi reneejharvey, Thank you very much for taking the time to review the Mill and for writing such a lovely review too! We have been working really hard on making improvements to the Mill, and we are really pleased with the result so far. We are really lucky to have such a great team here who are so enthusiastic about... More 

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