Whitchurch Silk Mill

Silk Mill Cottage, 26 Winchester St, Whitchurch, Hampshire RG28 7AL, UK
Posted on 9th December 2015 / 785 Listing verified as genuine
Site Type : Organisation
Industry Type : Textiles
Power Type : Water
Public or Private Site? : Public Access
Condition : Restored

Whitchurch Silk Mill is the oldest silk mill in the UK still in its original building!

This magnificent mill is a Georgian water mill that weaves silk using 19th century machinery.

The mill was constructed in 1815 on a plot of land called Frog Island

You can expect to see:

  • the original mill wheel and Victorian machinery;
  • fabulous fabrics on the looms;
  • a shop to indulge in silk products from the Mill, and much more;
  • peaceful setting by the River Test, with tearoom for lunch and refreshments.

Whitchurch Silk Mill was built in 1815 by Henry Hayter – a two-storey building. The trade and premises changed ownership several times over the years.

In 1817, 80 people were employed here!

Then in 1985 when Hampshire Buildings Preservation Trust heard of the plans to build on the front lawn. The charity bought the Mill and set about restoring it for us to enjoy today!

The current waterwheel dates from the 1860s.

There is an admission fee, but it’s very reasonable and for a good cause. However, you can always just visit the charming café and there is free wifi – get more visiting information HERE!


Whitchurch Silk Mill, Whitchurch, Hampshire, RG28 7AL.

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