Coldharbour Mill Working Wool Museum

Coldharbour Mill Working Wool Museum

Coldharbour Mill, built between 1797 and 1799 as Fox Brothers' first spinning mill in the South West, preserves a collection of Victorian spinning frames for the worsted process, and Hattersley looms are still in use to weave knitting yarns, tartan cloth, rugs and stair runners. Come and discover the sights, sounds and smells of a Victorian textile mill! You will see all the stages that a sheep's fleece goes through to make knitting yarn and how the worsted yarn is used to weave rugs and tartan cloth.

The 1821 Breast Shot Waterwheel has been restored to working condition, and the 19th Century Steam Engines and Lancashire Boilers may be viewed in their original location.

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  • Spinning Frames

    The Georgian Mill houses two examples of Wool Processing: the traditional woollen yarn spinning developed from the Cottage Industry and worsted spinning developed for power looms. This picture shows an 'open draw' spinning frame - click on the picture for the full view.

  • Weaving the Devon Tartan

    Fox Brothers Ltd were famous for their 'West of England Worsted' suiting fabric. Coldharbour Mill has a collection of the firm's Hattersley looms now used to weave the Mill's unique pure wool Devon and Blackdown Hills tartans.

  • Weaving unique rugs

    Visitors can view the weaving of a range of unique rugs and runners using pure wool

  • The Puttee Story

    From the early 1900s, Fox Brothers Ltd produced puttees for the War Office: through the years of WWI over 12 million pairs were made! The Mill has a comprehensive display of machines and fabric demonstrating this fascinating story.

  • Coldharbour Mill & the Culm Valley Railway

    The Fox Gallery is currently under refurbishment & some exhibits are unavailable to view: the model railway of the Culm Valley line, the Millennium Screen, and the Home Front WWII exhibition. We hope to reopen this area in 2018. Model Railways can be viewed at our Steam Days.

Admission & prices

Coldharbour Mill is open to the public all year, 9.30am to 4.30pm Tuesday to Sunday and some bank holiday Mondays for Steam events - see the Mill website for full details and other special events.

Visitors can view the combing shed and the working factory to see the processes from raw fleece to spinning & weaving, and the museum floor with carding engine, spinning mule, Puttee Exhibition, and a display of dolls houses. There are occasional visiting exhibitions in the Fox Gallery.

Wander round the Mill yard to view the water wheel, steam engines and boiler house, carpenter's workshop - if you visit on a Steam Day, these will all be in action!

Visit the Mill Shop to buy yarns and textiles produced at the Mill, and for local craft goods, books and souvenirs.

Relax before or after your visit in Brazier's Cafe by the waterside .

Group guided tours can be booked in advance on any day, all year round - for more information, please email or phone.

See the Learning Page or the Mill website for our schools and colleges programme - contact us for more information, or to book.

For admission prices & special events, including Steam Days, see:

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  • Coldharbour Mill reopening for the 2019

    Coldharbour Mill reopening for the 2019

    Coldharbour Mill Working Wool Museum and Country Park will re-open to visitors on Saturday 16th February 2019, with free entry for under 16s throughout half-term week, including the Steam Day on Sunday 24th February......

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  • Parking available
  • Toilets On-Site
  • Wheelchair access
  • Cafe on-site
  • Childrens activities
  • Gift Shop

The Mill Shop and Waterside Cafe can be visited without the need to purchase an entry ticket to the Museum.

Parking is free.

Group bookings: the Mill office will be pleased to arrange full guided tours for group.

To make your group booking, please email or phone 01884 840960 (Mon-Fri 9.30am-4pm).

Please note that full guided tours for groups are not available on our Steam Days, though groups are most welcome to visit on those days and take part in the mini-tours of the factory floor and the steam complex.

Please note that the car park is restricted to cars on Steam Days, so coaches may need to arrange drop-off and pick-up points near the Mill for their groups.

Coldharbour Mill
Working Wool Museum
EX15 3EE

T: 01884 840960

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Coldharbour Mill Working Wool Museum

Coldharbour Mill
Working Wool Museum

Cullompton, DEVON EX15 3EE