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Caudwell's Mill, rowsley, a working 19th century flour mill

The Peak District covers much of Derbyshire and parts of Staffordshire, Cheshire and Yorkshire. There are numerous interesting towns such as Ashbourne, Bakewell, Buxton, Leek, Matlock and Wirksworth, plus many enchanting villages

Caudwell's Mill, Rowsley

historic interest
There has been a mill on the site of Caudwell's Mill at Rowsley for centuries, but the present building was constructed in 1874, by John Cauldwell. The mill was built for flour milling and continued in this as a family business until 1978, when it closed down. The mill is now owned and operated by Caudwells's Mill Trust Ltd and still mills flour - the last in the area to do so.

Caudwells Mill
Caudwells Mill
The mill is an excellent example of a working 19th century mill, with water turbines powering the machinery. On the ground floor are roller mills (which replaced millstones here in 1885), and bagging equipment, plus a small shop at which samples of flour may be purchased. On the floors above are storage bins for the wheat, purifiers to separate out bran and sifters for grading the flour. Everything is in working order and the tour takes in all areas of the mill.

In the outbuildings of the mill there is a mill shop selling flour and a small craft centre, including an artist's studio, and workshops for glass-blowing, ceramics and woodturning. There is an excellent (and cheap) coffee shop with good vegetarian food.

Caudwells Mill
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Ordnance Survey Grid Reference: SK255657 Click here for Google Maps

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How to get there

By Road:
Rowsley is on the A6 between Bakewell and Matlock. To reach from Chesterfield take the A619 to Baslow and the B6012 through Chatsworth Park. From Sheffield, take the A621 to Baslow followed by the B6012.

By Bus: The Trans - Peak Manchester to Derby bus goes through Rowsley and stops close to the mill.
When is it open?

Opening times for the mill are: Open every day 10am to 5pm, last entrance 4.15pm. The shop is open every day from 9am to 5pm.
What does it cost?

Admission £4.50 for adults, £3.50 for senior citizens and £2.00 for children aged 5-15 (Children must be accompanied). Under 5s FREE.

Conducted and pre-booked parties can be accommodated at any time of the year, by arrangement (phone 01629 734374

Prices and opening times are shown as a guideline only and may vary. See this link for more information on prices and opening


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