CAUDWELL'S MILL AND
Caudwell's Mill and Craft Centre at Rowsley, just off the A6 south of Bakewell, is set in a beautiful location close by the River Wye. A mill has stood in the village since at least the 16th century. The latest, Caudwell’s Mill, was founded in 1874 and continued to operate for 104 years. When it closed a group of enthusiasts got together to save what was the only complete Victorian water turbine – powered roller mill in the country.
They had a fight on their hands, as according to the Millers’ Manual Association, milling machinery no longer needed must be destroyed to prevent re-use. After a lot of persuasive talk, agreement was reached to waive the ancient right and allow a small amount of flour to be produced and the mill used for exhibition purposes.
The mill is a fine example of a working 19th century mill, with water turbines powering the machinery. The millstones were replaced over a century ago with roller mills. Everything is in working order and the mill is open to visitors on a daily basis. There is also a shop on the ground floor where flour may be purchased.
There is a busy Craft Centre at the mill, an excellent café, and well-stocked gift shop and picture gallery. But, if you just want to relax you can stand on the wooden footbridge and watch the ducks on the millpond, in idyllic surroundings.
CAUDWELL'S MILL WORKING CRAFTS as at 2006
Admission is free to workshops, craft shop, tea-rooms and gallery
OPEN EVERY DAY
10am-6pm April 1st-October 31st, 2006.
10am-5pm November 1st-March 31st, 2006.
Further Information - Telephone Number : 01629 733185
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PLACES OF SPECIAL INTEREST IN THE LOCALITY
Caudwell’s Mill, (Tel. 01629 734374) powered by the River Wye is the only complete Victorian working roller flour mill in the United Kingdom.
There are a number of craft shops as well as a well stocked gift shop, artist’s gallery and café.
Peak Village (Tel. 01629 735326) is the Peak District’s first and only factory outlet shopping centre, set in beautiful surroundings at Rowsley. Open every day .
Peak Rail (Tel. 01629 580381) a preserved railway, operating steam trips on Sundays throughout the year. Trains normally also operate on Saturdays from April to October and mid-week in the peak season. Telephone for details.
Grouse and Claret (Tel. 01629 733233) formerly the Station Hotel, but due to the demise of the railway it was renamed. A grouse and claret is the name of a specialist dry fly used in trout fishing in the locality. A large popular pub offering food lunchtime and evenings. Beer Garden. Children’s play area. Accommodation.
Caudwell Mill Tea Rooms (Tel. 01629 733185) have an excellent reputation for food and serve both hot and cold meals. If it seems a little like sitting in church there is a reason. The seating and serving counter have both been salvaged from Crich Carr Chapel when it closed. Normally open daily please ring for details.
THE DISCOVER DERBYSHIRE AND THE PEAK DISTRICT GUIDE
Provides a wide range of features with heritage trails and detailed countryside walks, through some of the most scenically attractive countryside in the UK.
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The village of Rowsley stands at the confluence of the Rivers Wye and Derwent, with wooded hills on either side.
It was the beauty of its setting in the 19th century which attracted artists, poets and anglers. Though the wonderful scenery remains unspoilt, the Peak Village Shopping Complex also draws visitors in the 21st century to the village.
A contrasting walk through beautiful limestone country with superb views, crossing the isolated gritstone plateau of Stanton Moor, covered with its Bronze Age relics.
Stanton in the Peak cricket ground, passed on the walk, must be one of the prettiest in the country.
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