DUNKIRK MILL MUSEUM, Nailsworth opens on these days 2-4 pm
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GIGG MILL WEAVING SHED, Nailsworth opens on these days 10-12 am
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Entry Fee – £3 adults (children free) or 5£ for both Mills ticket
National Mills Weekend both Mill open 12-5pm with Donations welcome
St. MARY’S MILL, Chalford
St. Mary’s Mill will be open on the weekends of the 11th & 12th May and the 18th & 19th May
SEE BELOW FOR MORE DETAILS & DIRECTIONS
Dunkirk Mill Museum
The Dunkirk Mill Museum, which has achieved Full Accreditation from Arts Council England, offers a wonderful opportunity to see a see a massive working water wheel directly powering a rare piece of historic textile machinery. The overshot wheel, twelve feet wide and thirteen feet in diameter, was installed in the mill in 1855 as part of the last major re-building programme carried out during its time as a woollen mill. It was made and installed by James Ferrabee of Stroud having a mainly cast iron frame with forty steel buckets. The wheel is operated regularly on opening days, (subject to water supply), and the sight of the wheel starting to move in a powerful cascade of water is unforgettable. The Dunkirk Mill Centre has been made possible with the assistance of a grant from the HLF Local Heritage Initiative, and more recently the Interpretation Panels have been created with a grant from the Tanner Trust.
There is also the chance to see a large working model pair of fulling stocks in operation, a display of locally made woollen cloth and a rare, working, mid c.19th teazle raising gig.
An early C19th mechanical cloth shearing machine known as a cross-cutter has been added to the display, this machine spent its working life at Wallbridge Mill down the valley near Stroud. There is an exhibition showing the historic development of the Dunkirk Mills site during the c.18th and c.19th’s on display.
April to September only. Opening times usually 2-4pm, but please check specific dates.
For groups of more than 10 please contact Ian Mackintosh.
By car: Parking is located at the Cycle Trail Car Park – In Nailsworth take the Egypt Mill turn off the A46 and park in the ‘Cycle Trail Car Park’ beyond the fire station. Dunkirk is a fifteen minute walk along the path. Turn right at the sign and follow the steps down under the old railway tunnel. At the end of the railings the Centre is on your left.
By Bus: Stagecoach runs services to Nailsworth. Buses stop on the A46 at Dunkirk Mill. Follow the drive towards Visitor Parking, the Centre is on your right.
Some disabled parking is available beside the Dunkirk Mill Centre. Follow signs towards Visitor Parking. The Centre is on your right. It is fully accessible for wheelchair users.
Toilet and Disabled Toilet are available. Plenty of excellent cafes in Nailsworth town.
What our visitors say
“A super talk and insight to what my family did.”
“Fascinating history well presented. Enjoyed technical aspects of wool production. Very informed and enthusiastic guides.”
Gigg Mill Weaving Shed
Gigg Mill sits on the Horsley brook, which once powered its waterwheel. Its humble stature is typical of the smaller mills that dotted the valleys, many later fell into disrepair or were changed beyond recognition.
At this mill you can visit our Weaving Shed containing historic and modern looms, including a power loom. The machinery is demonstrated by our expert guides and you can try your hand at weaving; know your warp from your weft; discover how to put a pattern into the cloth; see the flying shuttle; find out about the origins of Dobby on the 1830’s handloom and how everything just got faster. On your way out look for woad in the dye plant garden.
Allow at least an hour for your visit.
Children must be accompanied by an adult.
At Nailsworth, turn off the A46onto the B4058, the Old Bristol Road, direction Horsley. The mill is 300m on the right where the road dips.
There is parking and signs will direct you to the Weaving Shed.
Parking is nearby but there is a short footpath beside the building and there are two railway sleeper steps up into the dye plant garden in front of the door.
Walk up the road a little and on the left, you will find Ruskin Mill, Education Centre where toilets, a coffee shop, exhibition gallery and splendid lakeside walk can be found.
What our visitors say
“Very interesting and well demonstrated. I was especially interested in the handweaving. Excellent morning.”
“Absolutely wonderful. Brilliantly explained and a great hands-on insight into a fascinating aspect of local and economic history in general. Thank you.”
St. Mary’s Mill Chalford
An opportunity to visit one of the regions most attractive mill sites
This beautifully situated c.1820 mill houses a large waterwheel and a powerful Tangye Steam engine, which can be seen in action (although not by steam as its boiler has long gone).
A fascinating and historic site, beside the canal and railway.
The mill is privately owned and is only open on selected days with kind permission of the owner.
St. Mary’s Mill will be open on the weekends of the 11th & 12th May and the 18th & 19th May as part of the Stroud Valleys Artspace SITE Open Studios and entrance is free. As well as seeing theMill and the steam engine in operation you can enjoy the artists’ work.
By Car: Park near the Round House at Chalford, off the A419 and walk along the canal towpath. If coming by foot along the road you will encounter one of the few manned railway crossings.
Bus: See Stagecoach for buses to Chalford. Bus stop for St. Mary’s.
Disabled access can be accommodated by driving down via the level crossing. The ground is somewhat uneven as is the brick floor within the mill. There is a step down into the steam engine room.
Toilets are not available at this site.