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Rock Mill | Melin Wln, Capel Dewi

Front view of Rock Mill

History

This is a very important mill, being the only remaining waterwheel powered commercial Woollen Mill still working in Wales.

Gable end of Rock Mill and wheel The Mill was built in the 1890s by the great grandfather of the present owner and operator, Mr Donald Morgan. It has been in constant use since then, and operated by the same family during the whole of this period as a spinning and weaving mill producing unique products.

Machinery - The power source is an unusual double cast iron overshot waterwheel 12 feet in diameter and 7 feet wide, made by the Cardigan "Bridgend" foundry, and installed when the mill was built. The waterwheel drives line shafting through the mill, with a direct drive to carding and spinning machinery. A generator driven from the line shaft is used to power two weaving looms.

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Products

Products woven at Rock Mill include tapestry bedspreads, blankets, throws, knee and travel rugs, shawls, scarves, and ties.

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Visiting

We are open to visitors as a tourist attraction from Easter to the end of October, 10am5pm Monday to Friday, and 10am1pm on Saturdays.
From November to Easter we open by request; phone for details.
Entry fee 2.00 for Adults, 1.00 for children 516 yrs; under fives are free.

Access: the site is not accessible to wheelchair users.
Facilities available: Shop, Textile sales, Toilets, and Car parking.
The shop sells the own made products listed above, as well as hand knitted arran using Rock Mill yarn. There is also a wide range of woollen and textile goods from outside suppliers. continues...

View of Rock Mill across stream

When visiting this mill, one cannot fail to be captivated by the beautiful setting, located as it is in a steep sided valley, with the stream rushing under the road bridge, to the weir, where the leat starts to make its way to the mill a short distance away. From the bridge you climb the hill to the mill entrance, and descend to the car park overlooking the mill.

Location: The Mill lies in the steep sided valley of Afon Clettwr, a tributary of the Teifi, along a minor road about half a Kilometre SE of the church of St David, Capel Dewi. Capel Dewi is on the B4459 road north of Llanfihangel-ar-arth (B4336) and south of Rhydowen (A475). Rock Mill is signed from Llandysul (A486).

The postal address of the mill is:
Rock Mill, Capel Dewi, Llandysul, Ceredigion. SA44 4PH
Phone: 01559 362356 International: (+44) 1559 362356

The Ordnance Survey Grid Reference for Rock Mill is SN 448 423
(Landranger Sheet 146; Explorer Sheet 185).


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