Whitchurch Silk Mill

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Eling Tide Mill and Whitchurch Silk Mill, at either end of the River Test in Hampshire, are joining forces on Sunday 14 May to celebrate National Mills Weekend. This annual festival of the UK's milling heritage provides a fantastic opportunity for the public to visit mills.

Whitchurch Silk Mill will be open 10.30am and 5pm, and not only will visitors be able to see what the Mill usually has to offer, but we'll be hosting Eling Tide Mill's Roadshow between 11am to 3.30pm with family activities and a chance to meet the millers from both mills. Guided tours of the Silk Mill will be available at 11.00am, 12.00pm, and 1.00pm – places will be limited so advance booking is required.

The Tide Mill and the Silk Mill share the fast-flowing waters of the River Test and both have been awarded grants from Heritage Lottery Fund to assist with the restoration of their machinery and buildings to preserve these unique gems of Hampshire's industrial heritage and to keep the silks necessary to operate historic machinery alive.

At Eling Tide Mill the millers have been harnessing the power of the tides in Eling Creek to grind wheat into flour for 900 years. Today the Grade II* listed tide mill and adjacent heritage centre form the Eling Experience.

At Whitchurch Silk Mill, a beautiful Georgian mill set on the River Test, the engineering and original machinery is very much in evidence. There is a working waterwheel providing power to some of the machinery, skilled silk weavers using our historic tappet and dobby looms, and a Tackler, an on-site engineer, who 'tackles' the inevitable engineering problems associated with a Georgian building and its historic machinery.

This year's weekend is 13 and 14 May and the theme is Engineers and Engineering, in celebration of the engineers and millwrights who built mills and their machinery. For further details or to book your place on the guided tours contact the Silk Mill on 01256 892824 or at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Family admission (two adults and three children) is £10, Adults £4.50 and Concesssions £4.

 

 
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