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…….a place to discover

Combe Mill

There is a lot to see at Combe Mill and these pages will give visitors the opportunity to take a virtual tour of some of the delights that await them.

The Mill Building itself has many interesting features and close examination of its structure and markings tell us a lot about how this industrial building was used during its long history.

The original timber sawmill is at right angles to the museum building and is now office accommodation.  Power to turn the sawmill machinery was delivered from under the workshop floor by means of pulleys and belts long ago removed from the undercroft.  However, quite a lot still remains in the museum building and visitors may still see the line shafting and belts in operation and driving exhibits.

Power for the Mill was usually taken from the water wheel unless the River Evenlode was running too low to power the wheel.  When this happened the steam engine was used until 1912 as the source of power.

Remember that this site was the workshop for Blenheim Palace Estate and not just a timber mill.  Upstairs in the Mill building was the pattern shop.  Here skilled craftsmen made the patterns and moulds from which to cast the various iron objects needed by the estate.  Visitors can see several such patterns for window frames and gear wheels, for example.

Carpenters, wood turners and wheelwrights also worked in the building and some of their machinery and tools can be seen.