Caudwell's Mill, rowsley, a working 19th century flour mill
Caudwell's Mill, Rowsley, Derbyshire, is a working 19th century flour mill which still mills and sells flour. It is open for guided tours and there is also a mill shop and tea room.
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|There has been a mill on the site of Caudwell's Mill at Rowsley for centuries, but the present building was constructed in 1874, by John Cauldwell. The mill was built for flour milling and continued in this as a family business until 1978, when it closed down. The mill is now owned and operated by Caudwells's Mill Trust Ltd and still mills flour - the last in the area to do so.|
The mill is an excellent example of a working 19th century mill, with water turbines powering the machinery. On the ground floor are roller mills (which replaced millstones here in 1885), and bagging equipment, plus a small shop at which samples of flour may be purchased. On the floors above are storage bins for the wheat, purifiers to separate out bran and sifters for grading the flour. Everything is in working order and the tour takes in all areas of the mill.
In the outbuildings of the mill there is a small craft centre, including an artist's studio, and workshops for glass-blowing, ceramics and woodturning. There is an excellent (and cheap) coffee shop with good vegetarian food.
Caudwell's Mill, Rowsley Photo Gallery - click on the images to enlarge
How to get there
Rowsley is on the A6 between Bakewell and Matlock. To reach from Chesterfield take the A619 to Baslow and the B6012 through Chatsworth Park. From Sheffield, take the A621 to Baslow followed by the B6012.
By Bus: The Trans - Peak Manchester to Derby bus goes through Rowsley and stops close to the mill.
When is it open?
Opening times for the mill are: Open every day 10am to 5.30pm, last entrance 4.30pm
What does it cost?
Admission £3.50 for adults, £2.50 for senior citizens and £1.25 for children aged 5-15(Children must be accompanied). Under 5s FREE.
Conducted and pre-booked parties can be accommodated at any time of the year, by arrangement (phone 01629 734374
Prices and opening times are shown as a guideline only and may vary. See this link for more information on prices and opening
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