Coldharbour Mill Craft Market raising funds for project Splash! Community Mill pond wildlife and biodiversity Project.

Forget the Christmas rush with Coldharbour Mills Craft Market on Sunday 21st October open from 10.30am. Set against the backdrop of the 19th Century Woollen Mill, visitors can browse over 20 hand-picked crafters from the world of textiles, ceramics, jewellery, toys, food and more to find the perfect gift or present.

The event is focused on raising money to continue work on project Spash! Community Mill Pond, wildlife and biodiversity project located by the Mill. This beautiful space is part of Coldharbour Mills ongoing vision to restore the Mill Pond and Leat that once fed the waterwheel that powered the Victorian Factory. The vision is to create a natural area that the public, schools and community groups can use all year without entry to the Mill. Just £2 to enter, all proceeds of this event will go to this project.

Located upstream of the Mill, phase 1 of the project was delivered last year, and now offers a small area for people to enjoy with a picnic area, benches and outdoor barbeque. A team of volunteers are underway to continue the work, but require additional funds to complete.

A full list of stalls can be found on the Coldharbour Mill website – www.coldharbourmill.org.uk, or follow us on facebook @coldharbourmill

About Coldharbour Mill Working Wool Museum:

  • Coldharbour Mill is operated as a Charity (Registered Charity Number: 1123386)
  • It is located only 2 miles from Junction 27 of the M5 – just follow the brown signs to Working Wool Museum.
  • The Mill Shop sells wool products made on the Mill’s vintage machinery, including knitting yarn, rugs and throws, as well as the unique Devon, Ladram Bay and Blackdown Hills tartan fabrics, which are exclusive to the Mill.
  • Built by Thomas Fox between 1797 and 1799, Coldharbour Mill was at the forefront of Georgian and Victorian entrepreneurial development in the South West and was in continuous production of woollen and worsted yarn for the Fox Brothers textile factories in the South West until 1981. It opened as a working museum in 1982.
  • It is a unique example of its type in Devon, and one of the few mills in the country that has its original sources of power still in operation: a water wheel dating from 1821, and steam machinery including a 19th century Beam Engine, a 1910 Pollit & Wigzell steam engine and two Galloway boilers, both over 100 years old, one of which is regularly fired up on Steam Days.
  • Reopened in 1982 as a Working Museum, Coldharbour Mill is a rare example of Victorian technology which tells the fascinating story of the Industrial Revolution as related to the important wool and cloth industry of the South West. Many exhibits are original to the factory, and others have been brought in from other former Fox Bros factories in the area.
    As they tour the Mill, visitors can see wool fibre being spun into yarn and then woven into fabric on 19th and 20th century machinery, learn about the social and industrial history and experience the conditions of the time.
  • At the regular ‘Steam Up!’ events, the 100-year-old steam engines can be seen in action, along with the recently restored waterwheel. The Mill’s vintage spinning and weaving machines are in operation, and the Culm Valley Model Railway Club displays its ‘Soldor’ layout, which can be operated by children, along with its new model of Tiverton Junction, a work in progress.
  • The Museum also offers a programme of educational visits for school children, as well as guided tours and talks for adults, which can be booked by contacting the Mill Office at info@coldharbourmill.org.uk or on 01884 840960.
  • Further information about Coldharbour Mill, its history, products, and educational tours is available on the Mill website: coldharbourmill.org.uk
  • A comprehensive history of Coldharbour Mill and Fox Brothers can be found at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coldharbour_Mill_Working_Wool_Museum
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