Solva Woollen Mill

Solva Woollen Mill: Hours, Address, Solva Woollen Mill Reviews: 4/5

Solva Woollen Mill
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9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Sunday
2:00 PM - 5:30 PM
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clareporter
Ledbury, UK7 contributions
Lovely to be back
May 2021 • Friends
I loved it here so much last autumn, I brought a friend back this May. I love the way it is still a working mill and bought a throw and cushions to match.So lovely to be able to support a local company and have such friendly service.
I'll be back...
Written June 11, 2021
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Flubylu
Cornwall, UK41 contributions
A bit disappointing
May 2021
A working mill with original looms. However , all you can do is view the loom then go to the shop and look at the water wheel. Such a shame as we would have loved to know a little more about the history and some information about the looms. There are a couple of posters but not much else. Stayed about 20mins and didn't bother with the teashop . Shame .
Written May 21, 2021
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CarlyDodds
Tutbury, UK321 contributions
Excellent Shop of Top Quality Woollen Goods
Oct 2020 • Couples
What a great little find, very good watching all the mill machinery working. Then on into the shop where I was blown away by the quality of all the goods. OMG I could really do damage to the credit card in here. Did treat myself to a few things. Love Jacob Wool.
Written October 17, 2020
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Clivel_98
Hereford, UK1,474 contributions
Fascinating old looms
Dec 2019 • Couples
This is the last working woollen mill in Wales. The oldest buildings that used to house the water-driven mill have been converted into the shop and cafe, with the working looms now being electrically driven in a more modern shed.

We were lucky when we were there - one of the weavers started up one of the looms specially for us so that we could see this 70-year old device in all its glory.

Prices in the shop are as expected: not cheap, but the quality of the goods are (hopefully) worth it.

The cafe was shut when we were there, so I can’t comment on it.
Written December 30, 2019
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emma_evans8955
Sherborne, UK183 contributions
Lovely cup of tea!
Oct 2019 • Couples
We popped in here whilst out walking. Friendly informative place with a good selection of cakes in the little tea shop.

The looms etc are very interesting and it’s worth watching and reading all about how the items are made.

There is a lovely out door area aswell if the sun is shining with some chairs and benches.
Written October 10, 2019
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BillB_10
United Kingdom526 contributions
Nice tea shop
Sep 2019 • Couples
Nice woollen shop to buy a rug or throw and then with a lovely little tea shop for tea and Welsh cakes.
Written September 17, 2019
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Suzanne R
Gillingham, UK46 contributions
Wet Morning visit
Sep 2019
Visited Solva Woolen Mill on the last day of our holiday to Pembrookshire. Loved looking at the looms - a pity they were not working that day. Had a good cup of coffee and cake here. Loved the items for sale and bought quite a bit!! Nice friendly staff.
Written September 13, 2019
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Carol B
Birmingham, UK5,062 contributions
SOLVA WOOLLEN MILL
Aug 2019
Thursday 22 August 19, my husband and I decided to go to visit another working woollen mill, this time at a place called Solva. Solva Woollen claims to be the oldest working woollen mill in Pembrokeshire. In 1900 there were 26 woollen mills in Pembrokeshire. Today Solva Woollen Mill is one of the two remaining woollen mills in the county.

In 1907 Tom Griffiths moved his mill from St David’s to a new purpose-built building at Middle Mill powered by a 10 feet diameter overshot water wheel. Equipment included machinery to process the fleece, several small powered looms, a hand loom for making stair carpets and a flannel press. At first the cloth was finished at a nearby fulling mill, but later the mill installed its own fulling machine. The mill made tweeds, blankets, flannel, stair carpets and knitting wool. The Prime Minister Ramsey McDonald owned a Middle Mill tweed suit made in 1929.

Tom Griffith's son-in-law, Eric Hemmingway, took over the operation in 1950, he began producing carpets on the power looms, then upgraded to larger and more modern machinery. An oil-fired engine replaced the water wheel. In the early 1960s another weaving shed was built and electrical looms installed using the newly-available mains electricity. The carding and spinning plant was scrapped, and the mill began using pre-spun and dyed yarn. By the 1970s the bulk of the production was carpeting. The mill was sold to new owners in 1986.

In 2007, the waterwheel was restored. The original mill building was renovated in 2011 and is now a shop and tea room. Solva mill today specializes in making flat woven rugs and runners. Their rugs are sold in the United Kingdom, Japan, the United States and Australia. My husband and I mooched around this really interesting mill and took loads of photographs.

We were then in need of refreshments, so we went to the tearoom where we had drinks and cake. My husband had a large pot of tea with two large slices of Bara Brith Welsh cake with creamy butter and I had a latte with a large slice of coffee and walnut cake. There was a nice gift shop here where I purchased a signed first edition of Jackie Morris’s book ‘I am Cat’. Jackie Morris the authoress does not live to far from this lovely mill.

This is a place worth visiting if you are in the area or have a love of mills.
Written September 10, 2019
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DdraigGoch1948
Watford, UK208 contributions
A working woolen mill in a beautiful place
Aug 2019
It was good to revisit the Mill to see it in action and the water wheel operating. Helpful staff, lovely products and a great cafe to boot.
Written September 2, 2019
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Lyndada57
Pontarddulais, UK85 contributions
Lovely cafe and shop
Aug 2019 • Couples
Really lovely visit would have been nice to see the looms working even so everything was nicely presented.
Good was really good and cake light and very enjoyable too.
Could have spent a fortune in shop some lovely items.
Written September 1, 2019
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Solva Woollen Mill is open:
  • Sun - Sun 2:00 PM - 5:30 PM
  • Mon - Sat 9:30 AM - 5:30 PM