Coldharbour Mill Steam Engines

Picture of Pollit and Wigzell engine plate dated 1910

Pollit and Wigzell engine plate dated 1910

Coldharbour Mill is a 200 year old spinning mill, built by Thomas Fox, to spin woollen and later worsted yarns. The Mill is a rare example of surviving Georgian architecture, industry and enterprise and is based in Uffculme, Devon.

Picture of machinery at Coldharbour Mill

Machinery at Coldharbour Mill

The Steam Engines are regularly started up and on display to the public.

Picture of a steam engine used in manufacturing of cloth at Coldharbour Mill, Devon

Steam power made the mill one of the most successful in the country

The mill was famous for the production of putties, for the British Army.

Picture of steam engine at Coldharbour Mill, Uffculme, Devon

Some of the engines are still in working order

Foxes book author delight History Group

Front cover from "The Foxes of Wellington"

Front cover from “The Foxes of Wellington”

The Hemyock History and Archiving Association gave a warm welcome to local author, Dorothy Lomas, on February 10th. The guest speaker delighted the Church Rooms gathering with warm tales of her journey through the Fox Family research – the subject of her new book.

The Fox Family became one of the most successful commercial families in the South-West. Coldharbour Mill, in Uffculme, was home to their famous Khaki dye and infamous soldiers’ ‘friend’ – the Puttee. The mill was said to produce around 4.5 miles of cloth, each day.

At the end of the evening, Dorothy kindly signed a number of copies of her book The Foxes of Wellington – A Family in Business. Proceeds of the book are being donated to the Friends of Coldharbour Mill. More information is available from the Mill, on 01884 840960.

The evening ended with donations being taken for the up-keep of the Church Rooms. A total of