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“Interesting place - but could be better”

Whitchurch Silk Mill
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Owner description: A gem of industrial heritage in beautiful, rural Hampshire, Whitchurch Silk Mill is a 19th century water mill that weaves British silk fabrics using Victorian machinery. The Mill is the oldest working silk mill in Britain, still weaving in its original building. An historic silk mill. Whether you're machine-mad, an admirer of silk fabrics, a child learning about the Victorians, or just looking for a delightful day out in Hampshire, Whitchurch Silk Mill has something for you:> the original mill wheel and Victorian machinery;> fabulous fabrics on the looms;> a shop to indulge in silk products from the Mill, and much more;> peaceful setting by the River Test, with tearoom for lunch and refreshments.
Camberley, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
50 reviews
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“Interesting place - but could be better”
Reviewed August 20, 2013

I visited The Silk Mill today and it has a lot going for it but it's one of those places that is crying out for more to be done. The buildings are lovely and it's a scenic spot full of atmosphere and whilst I hate over-done places this could just do with a bit more oomph. The crystal-clear waters, the grounds (not huge), the trout, and the wonderful old machinery were well worth the trip - but the self-service eatery, the lack-lustre seating area, the shop with rather over-priced goods (eg the £50 cushion reduced to £20 that still seemed expensive) let the trip down. But Whitchurch is a nice little town and looking round it, the tour around The Silk Mill and lunch in a nearby pub filled 4/5 hours.

Visited August 2013
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Surrey, United Kingdom
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“Pleasant interlude and informative”
Reviewed July 20, 2013

A pleasing stop in the Test Valley. The river flows quickly through the site (the main reason it is there obviously, for the water power) and the trout are easy to see in the clear water. The story of silk and how it is extracted, spun and weaved is concisely told in a series of videos and there is enough machinery to get a visual impression of the mill in full operation. The self-serve restaurant is a nice stop with an honour system in place so you pay when you get back to the shop. There are several hands-on stations for younger members to "have a go" and a wall of fame showing the various films and TV shows the mill has produced silk materials for. Parking (free) is probably best in the library car park next door as the mill site is very restricted.

Visited July 2013
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Petersfield, United Kingdom
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“Silk Mill & Trout”
Reviewed June 22, 2013

Impressed with the Mill and the information provided onsite. Very disappointed that the majority of the silk products in the shop were made in India.
Make sure you look for the trout in rivers though.

Visited June 2013
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ManagerWSM, Manager at Whitchurch Silk Mill, responded to this review, June 24, 2013
Thank you for letting us know you enjoyed your visit and spotting the lovely trout in the River Test! After a break in production we have been weaving silk at the Mill again since November 2012, we are building up our stocks in the shop of items woven at the Mill and now have ranges in Celebration, Coronation, Jane Austen and the Willis Museum silks. We also have our own scarves on sale which range in price from £42 to £95. Please keep coming back, you'll see our range grow! With thanks for your visit and sharing your thoughts
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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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“Attractive Location”
Reviewed May 10, 2013

We where on our way elsewhere and decided to stop for a break. This friendly and clean silk mill was a treat. Although we went on a Sunday and the mill wasn't working, there was still plenty to see.
There is a small neat self service cafe, with a trust book to take and pay at the entrance. Lots of colourful silks to see and a history of the silk trade along with the weaving process.
A family friendly place to visit in a quite location

Visited May 2013
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ManagerWSM, Manager at Whitchurch Silk Mill, responded to this review, May 18, 2013
Thank you for letting us, and so many others, know you enjoyed your visit.
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Bexhill-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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“An interesting stop”
Reviewed May 10, 2013

I called in to this attraction when driving up the A34. It is an interesting site to visit and very informative. Apparently run by local volunteers who are doing a good job of maintaining this bit of history. The surrounding rivers make it a very peaceful place and worth a visit.

Visited May 2013
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ManagerWSM, Manager at Whitchurch Silk Mill, responded to this review, May 18, 2013
Thank you for letting us know you enjoyed your visit. Just a few minutes drive from the A34 we are a lovely place to take a break and stretch your legs, every purchase in our cafe helps fund the preservation of this Grade 2* listed building too.
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