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“Lovely” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Coldharbour Mill Museum

Coldharbour Mill Museum
Uffculme, Cullompton EX15 3EE, England
+44 1884 840960
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Ranked #1 of 2 things to do in Uffculme
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Owner description: 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013 via mobile

Lovely working mill museum.
Very interesting tour, I never realised how much work goes into making woollen garments and how it played a part in the world wars

Visited November 2013
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“Great tour and lots of exhibits”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2013

Went on a quiet October. Ground floor was fill with machinery. Got a great tour about the machines and how it works from the gentleman. He is very good and know everything. Need around 2 hours to complete the whole place with tour. Didn't have high expectations after reading review here. But was glad I went as it really need people visiting to support the place keep going. Two more floors on the top with lots of exhibits and a couple of little place outside the main building as well.

Visited October 2013
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Exeter, United Kingdom
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“Wonderful steam up day”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2013

The atmosphere on a steam up day is fantastic. The enthusiasm and knowledge of the volunteers is impressive, and the ability to stand (safely) very close to such beautiful, powerful working steam engines is well worth the entrance fee.
The museum is obviously in a transition phase to improve its displays and generally upgrade facilities, and I look forward to seeing how the restaurant and principal non-machinery displays are enhanced.
The top floor exhibits are a hidden charm - poorly advertised, and tucked away at the back of the room in a gloomy position, but they include a stunning tapestry of the local area and a very beautiful model of the long-abandoned Culm Valley railway. The WWII theme exhibition is very comprehensive too. There was also a dolls-house exhibition, but that might have been a special for the steam up day.
If you go during the week, ask for a free guide to the facility when you buy your ticket. Don't rely on any food being available.

Visited August 2013
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Everson, Wa. USA
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“Very nice "Working Museum"”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2013

We visited during a steam up day so we got to see some of the engines running and took the tour of the spinning machines, very interesting. The store has articles made from local wool spun right there.

Visited April 2013
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Blackborough Devon England
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“Interesting Steam and water Powered Mill.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

An old steam and water powered woolen Mill where they make fine quality woolen cloth. Especially worth a visit on bank holiday weekends when the steam engines are working, but still very interesting at other times. Check the web site to see when they have a steam up. Well worth a visit for half a day if you are in the area.

Visited March 2013
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