On April 11th 2018 seventeen members of the group visited Coldharbour Mill, one of the last surviving working woollen mills in the country.
Our excellent guide gave us a thorough tour of the factory, taking us through each stage of the creation of the yarns and then using the yarns to produce cloth of various types. The main product of Coldharbour Mill was serge, which was also true for Crediton’s woollen industry from medieval times to the C18th.
In weaving, the longitudinal threads are called the warp and the lateral threads, the weft. The machine on which cloth is woven is the loom.
After our tour, we had a look around by ourselves and then had an excellent lunch in the café.
We did our own thing in the afternoon, many of us visiting the nearby lovely church of St Andrew’s Cullompton.