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“Worth supporting this project” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Gayle Mill

Gayle Mill
Mill Lane, Gayle DL8 3RZ, England
+44 1969 667320
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Owner description: Gayle Mill on BBC Restoration programme 2004 and revisited on 2009
Nottinghamshire
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76 reviews 76 reviews
48 attraction reviews
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33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
“Worth supporting this project”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2013

What struck me most about this place wasn't so much the history (and there's history by the shovel) or the equipment they have that turns out great woodworking, it's the people. The volunteers who work there are so passionate about the mill that you can't help but feel equally as passionate. So much work and effort has gone into the restoration you just want them to succeed. We paid to take the tour, which was very informative but to be honest, I would have just as happily sat with the staff and chatted about the mill over a coffee. There's some lovely hand made craft items in the shop too, not mass produced tat.

Visited October 2013
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Settle, United Kingdom
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25 attraction reviews
Reviews in 59 cities Reviews in 59 cities
99 helpful votes 99 helpful votes
“Fascinating”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2013

We went on the 1 hour tour of the Mill, and found it very enjoyable. The guide was informative and interesting, and had a very good presentation manner. The Mill itself has an interesting history, and a wonderful collection of nineteenth century machinery, much still in use today.

Visited October 2013
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Wadsworth, United Kingdom
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5 attraction reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“So interesting!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2013

The whole place is little gem! First saw it on the Renovation TV series, the on How Britain Worked with Guy Martin, so whilst in the area we popped in. The staff were very friendly & helpful, our guided tour was so interesting & we had such a good time...thank you for some interesting education!

Visited June 2013
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Sheffield
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19 reviews 19 reviews
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“What a lot of history in one building”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2013

We noticed this mill when we were out walking but it was closed at the time and, from the outside, did not look particularly interesting. However we decided to return when it was open and give it a try. We were not disappointed. It is run by volunteers and is a quite priceless piece of industrial history which, but for the enthusiasm and ingenuity of the volunteers, could so easily have been lost to the world. The volunteer guide was enthusiastic and spoke very clearly which, as a deaf person, I found most helpful. It started out as a cotton mill which, as the guide explained, was a barmy idea because of the totally unsuitable location (no local cotton, no local market and an unreliable power source!). It nearly went broke but was revived as a wool mill and later as a saw mill. Funding was provided on condition that the mill continued as a saw mill, allowed visitors and used as much recycling and energy generation as possible. I found the different generations of electrical generators and the range of early industrial saws and planes etc very interesting. The person who found it boring may find that if they return now it is more interesting because they are adding to it all the time. Then again it may depend on the guide that you get. I enjoyed it the most of the other excellent attractions in the area that I visited and would certainly visit again when I am next there to see how things are progressing. Incidentally, it did not look particularly interesting from the outside, because it is listed and they are not allowed to tart it up! After you have had everything explained it looks a lot better!

Visited May 2013
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Shropshire, United Kingdom
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6 attraction reviews
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“Very interesting”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2013

We went on a 'Standard Tour' lasting one hour. Although our volunteer guide professed not to be an expert, he was interesting, informative, entertaining and generally spontaneous.

If you have any interest in industrial history, and how buildings such as this fit in with the surrounding community, this is well worth a visit. Access is only by means of guided tour, and you need to check the times.

Visited May 2013
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