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“Enjoyable look at unique silk mill”

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.
Reviewed January 20, 2014

The mill is set up as a working environment, no fancy displays. Sometimes it looks chaotic but it does give a very good idea how it used to operate when in full production. I have visited a couple of times and have unfortunately not seen many of the machine in action, I can only imagine that visiting on a day when the looms and other machinery are in action that the atmosphere will be quite electric.

The volunteers are very helpful in answering questions, there is a small refreshment area with excellent cakes and the gift shop does have useful gifts, unlike many tourist attractions that only have the same gifts with different labels.

1  Thank Anthony A
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Reviewed January 18, 2014

Went in January on a grey day but the mill still looked beautiful! Yes, I'd read some of the earlier reviews too but I think the negative ones are pretty unfair. Ditch the consumer mindset these are volunteers serving you! It's a great little place, a real step back into English industrial history. In January they are doing guided tours. Ours was excellent - exactly the right amount of information, time for questions and by someone who both know their stuff and had a genuine interest in it all. Enthusiasm is infectious - look out! New trustees, lots of ideas for the future and keen volunteers. We shall be back... By the way we took our 8 year old grandson and he loved it. Tea room is pleasant too.

2  Thank smoothcrown
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Reviewed December 28, 2013

This is a different day trip best for adults or teenagers .The Mill is not open on a Monday so bear that in mind when you plan your trip. The tea room does some super homemade cakes so treat yourself. You can sit by the river and watch the water fowl and trout look for any crumbs that are left over.

5  Thank brownies22
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Reviewed December 23, 2013

We combined a visit to the Mill with a one of the walks documented along the river Test. Great views and you get to see other mills along the way. I would recommend before you visit to ring and find out when their weaver is working and if you visit January 2014 they are laying on guided tours not just for groups ( which you can get anytime). There are a number of points with explanitory videos if not and information boards but of course seeing it working is even better.
They have a lovely tea shop with great views down the river, that is full of home made goodies and is run on a trust basis ( you pay on the way out ) and a nice shop with upmarket silk products rather than the normal tourist tat. If you take this advise the then I am sure you will have a great day out.

2  Thank KWokB
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Reviewed December 7, 2013

Sorry Nannyticktock (silly anonymous name!) stick to somewhere less challenging for you.

The Mill is awesome - fantastic old machinery and a wonderful building - for your information the machines have been used and still are. The grease under the machinery is bacon fat - stains from fat which was used to lubricate the looms years ago.

Check beforehand to see if any of the expert weavers will be working. Don't expect to be allowed near the looms - Health and Safety Nanny - but enjoy the sight (and sound)!

The Mill is a fascinating place - talk to any of the lovely staff and volunteers and you will learn the fantastic history of all the mills on the Test, and if that fails then moan!

Very good tea room and shop, terrific value for money.

2  Thank AdeofWhurch
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