Visit to Winchester and Whitchurch Silk Mill on Tuesday 25th March 2014

Winchester Town Mill
Winchester Town Mill

A group of 51 members visited Winchester in the morning where members were free to explore the city. The Town Mill was open, although the River Itchen was still in full spate and the force of the race too powerful for the wheel to be in operation. The lower wheel floor was accessible, but partly flooded, and it was possible to see the force of the water at close quarters. Some members visited the Cathedral where there was a Jane Austen exhibition.

Whitchurch Silk Mill
Whitchurch Silk Mill

In the afternoon we continued 9 miles north to Whitchurch Silk Mill, where we had an interesting guided tour, and saw the weaving looms where specialist silk fabrics are woven for garments such as barristers’ gowns, and costumes for period TV and film productions. The many subtle shades of the silk skeins were much admired. After tea and cakes at the mill we had a pleasant journey home, the driver kindly fetching the coach to pick us up at the entrance.

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