If you’ve an interest in the industrial, this is great opportunity to see a massive working water wheel powering rare and historic textile machinery. The wheel – 12 feet wide and 13 feet in diameter – was installed in the mill in 1855. It’s quite a sight in action, as are the large working model pair of fulling stocks and other industrial-cloth making rarities. There’s no on-site public parking (except for disabled visitors), so drive to the car park behind Egypt Mill, just off the A46 on the edge of Nailsworth, and follow the cycle trail to the Mill Centre. It’s a lovely walk, too.
Facilities – at a glance
Suitable for all child ages
- Suitable for children of all ages
- Parking nearby
- Fully accessible
- Accessible toilets
- Opening Times: Open May-Sep, 1st and 3rd weekend, last Wed in month and BHs 2-4
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About the area
Gloucestershire is home to a variety of landscapes. The Cotswolds, a region of gentle hills, valleys and gem-like villages, roll through the county. To their west is the Severn Plain, watered by Britain’s longest river, and characterised by orchards and farms marked out by hedgerows that blaze with mayflower in the spring, and beyond the Severn are the Forest of Dean and the Wye Valley.
Throughout the county you are never far away from the past. Neolithic burial chambers are widespread, and so too are the remains of Roman villas, many of which retain the fine mosaic work produced by Cirencester workshops. There are several examples of Saxon building, while in the Stroud valleys abandoned mills and canals are the mark left by the Industrial Revolution. Gloucestershire has always been known for its abbeys, but most of them have disappeared or lie in ruins. However, few counties can equal the churches that remain here. These are many and diverse, from the ‘wool’ churches in Chipping Campden and Northleach, to the cathedral at Gloucester, the abbey church at Tewkesbury or remote St Mary’s, standing alone near Dymock.
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