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Tone Mill, Wellington

First Visited this back in January 2010, one of the best industrial sites I’ve ever visited. Returned again in 2011 to see more of site.

Tone Mill in Wellington is the last woollen mill in the West Country, with a priceless collection of original machinery still in place in the wet finishing works. The site is of European significance.

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7 comments

  1. Tone Mill / Tonedale Mill – the mill up the top of the hill actually still has some machinery in it and also the old steam turbine out the back. Seems the redevelopment has somewhat stalled though.

  2. It isn’t the only woollen mill in the South West – there is another derelict one at North Tawton.
    The bit with the machinery still in at Tonedale is the dye works not the mill itself.
    The mill itself now has no machinery left in it and is on its knees.

  3. i lived in the area for some years and when i first moved to that area i very briefly went to the local secondary school, while there we had a visit to the mill and the vast majority of the mill was still working – owned by the Fox brothers – you could still see the original fixtures and working machinery, this was around 1976. a couple of years ago i visited the area again and took a walk to tonedale – the area where the mill was situated, i was so sad to see such an historic building virtually torn to pieces with little evidence of a once great industrial building, which in my view had a lot of historic value.

  4. Go and find out..

  5. What is the access like…

  6. Would recommend doing sooner rather than later as this place is going a bit downhill sadly

  7. really good set – I keep thinking I should visit here on the way down to Cornwall. Would be a decent way to spend an afternoon 😉

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