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    Tone Mills, Wellington (Nr Taunton) - September 2012

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    Some history:
    Tone Mills is a complete water-powered cloth finishing works, established by the Fox Brothers and Co at the confluence of the River Tone and the Back Stream and dates from 1830. The remains of the water wheel remain in-situ and so too do all the line shafting and gearing. The Mill later had an electric motor installed to supplement the water-wheel during times of drought, although the water wheel continued to be used for many decades after. Put simply the mill comprises of a number of key areas to accommodate the various stages of production: A Fulling area, where wet cloth was dried, scoured, cleaned and milled to the desired finish. A dying room, adjacent to the fulling area which specialised in producing an indigo colouring. Reservoirs and Sluice gates, to manage the flow of water into the wheel chamber. The wheel chamber and a later power house.
    The associated machinery for all the stages of production are all in-situ, making it an industrial archaeologists paradise.
    The works finally closed in 2000 and production was moved to a more contemporary location. The buildings and machinery are Grade II* listed.

    Tone Mill in Wellington is the last woollen mill in the West Country, with a priceless collection of original machinery still in place in the wet finishing works. The site is of European significance.
    It was a nice sunny day, perfect for a drive south for the day. Might as well make the most of the semi warm days as they are rare!

    This one has been on my list for ages, in fact ever since I got into exploring, however I still hadn't made it here until now. I had rather high expectations of it, and it did not disappoint. I didn't imagine it being such a big place, but it is!

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    Plenty of interest and looks a great explore, well done !!

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    One of the best.
    Grade II listed eh ? Glad to see English Heritage looking after it. /o:
    Thanks; a great set of really interesting history-packed shots.

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    Very nice all round :)
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    Another stunning report. Those machines look well complicated :)
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    Certainly is one of the best industrial explores out there, time capsules like this should not exist any more - hard to believe they were using all this equipment up until it closed in the early 2000s.

    There is also a second Teasel Rig which was recently discovered on site in a sealed room nobody can get in, all you can do is point the camera through a hole and there it is....
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    Great report, wish I had known about the place when I stayed near there a couple of months ago.
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    Nice update, not seen some of this before, thanks:)
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    Stunning pictures,Thanks for posting
    If there is a fence round it then it must be worth looking at !

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    This was on that BBC program restoration with Gryff Rhys Jones a few years back. It got beaten to the money by that swimming pool in Manchester though.

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