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Edward Nash Clerk of Works

Meet Edward Nash, the Clerk of the Works, James Coombes who makes gates and John Smart who is our engine driver and find out how much they were paid. Dress up as a Victorian and have your picture taken.

Learning about Steam
Young Blacksmiths

The mill presents a wonderful  hands-on experience of the history of small scale industrial technology.

There has been a mill here since the Domesday book and water was the main power source. When the railway arrived in the early 19th century it made possible the transport of the beam engine and Cornish boiler which were installed in the late 1800s. The mill cut and machined wood for a variety of purposes and the coal to burn and the products created were transported by rail from the Mills own siding.

Many aspects of the school syllabus can be illustrated by seeing the engines, machinery and craft tools at the mill – social history, craft & design, STEM, and so on.

Our learning modules have been tailored to meet the current syllabus.

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See how the River Evenlode turned the gigantic waterwheel that was the main source of energy for the mill until 1852.

Visit the beam engine and Cornish steam boiler installed to provide an alternative energy source. Investigate working models that use steam to drive machinery.

Handle and identify old tools used to shape the wood to make handles, wheels and other wooden objects needed by Blenheim Estate and the Palace.

Wooden patterns were used to make moulds for casting metal tools.  Learn about making moulds and casting objects.

Become a real blacksmith in our forge and make a mini poker.

Experience and measure the extremely hot working conditions in Victorian times.

Follow our Physics trail and learn how clocks keep accurate time with a pendulum.

Investigate how gears and pulleys are used to drive machinery in the Mill.

Challenge yourselves in our hands-on ‘exploration’ area; opportunities to build models of the waterwheel, make gear and pulley systems, create timelines of inventions, use a manual typewriter and take a test to see if you could be the beam engine driver!

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