Whitchurch Silk Mill Museums
28 Winchester Street
Whitchurch Silk Mill is a working mill with historic machinery including 14 power looms, winding frames, warping mill and an undershot waterwheel. The waterwheel was installed in 1890 to provide power to all the mill's machinery. The wheel is still operating and the belt drives, pulleys & shafts to transfer power to the top floor demonstrate how it was used to power the mill's machines.
Silk has been woven at Whitchurch Silk Mill since the 1820/1830s. Now a working museum open to the public, the mill produces high quality silks to order for theatrical costume, interior designers and historic houses. Whitchurch Silk Mill was constructed in about 1800. It was originally used as a fulling mill, part of the finishing process in cloth weaving.
The waterwheel has been powered by the fast running waters of the River Test for over 100 years and can be seen in operation all year round.
Whitchurch Silk Mill is in North Hampshire, in the centre of the small town of Whitchurch on the River Test. It is on the edge of the North Wessex Downs area of outstanding natural beauty, not far from Watership Down. It is also located within easy reach of Salisbury Plan and Stonehenge.
Open all year except Christmas week (24 December to
Tuesday to Sunday from 10. 30am to 5. 00pm
Last admission at 4. 15 pm
Also open Bank Holiday Mondays .
Address28 Winchester Street, Whitchurch, Hampshire, RG28 7AL
Opening times10.30am - 5pm
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