Dunkirk Mill

We have been just been awarded Accredited Museum status from the Arts Council. Look out for new displays and from 4–20 May a pair of Anglo -Saxon waterwheel paddles will be on display. They were found in the Mill pond at Egypt Mill, so almost home! We are very pleased that the Museum in the Park has facilitated the loan. This is the  first time they have been on public display.

The Dunkirk Mill Centre offers a wonderful opportunity to see a see a massive working water wheel directly powering a rare piece of historic textile machinery. The overshot wheel, twelve feet wide and thirteen feet in diameter, was installed in the mill in 1855 as part of the last major re-building programme carried out during its time as a woollen mill. It was made and installed by James Ferrabee of Stroud having a mainly cast iron frame with forty steel buckets. The wheel is operated regularly on opening days, (subject to water supply), and the sight of the wheel starting to move in a powerful cascade of water is unforgettable. The Dunkirk Mill Centre has been made possible with the assistance of a grant from the HLF Local Heritage Initiative.

There is also the chance to see a large working model pair of fulling stocks in operation, a display of locally made woollen cloth and a rare, working, mid c.19th teazle raising gig.

An early C19th mechanical cloth shearing machine known as a cross-cutter has been added to the display, this machine spent its working life at Wallbridge Mill down the valley near Stroud. There is an exhibition showing the historic development of the Dunkirk Mills site during the c.18th and c.19th’s on display.

April to September only. Opening times usually 2-4pm, but please check specific dates.

Please note: Groups of more than 10 visitors can be booked at other times. Contact Ian Mackintosh


By car: Parking is located at the Cycle Trail Car Park – In Nailsworth take the Egypt Mill turn off the A46 and park in the ‘Cycle Trail Car Park’ beyond the fire station. Dunkirk is a fifteen minute walk along the path. Turn right at the sign and follow the steps down under the old railway tunnel. At the  end of the railings the Centre is on your left.

By Bus: Stagecoach runs services to Nailsworth. Buses stop on the A46 at Dunkirk Mill. Follow the drive towards Visitor Parking, the Centre is on your right.


Some disabled parking is available beside the Dunkirk Mill Centre. Follow signs towards Visitor Parking. The Centre is on your right. It is fully accessible for wheelchair users.


Toilet and Disabled Toilet are available. Plenty of excellent cafes in Nailsworth town.

What our visitors say

“A super talk and insight to what my family did.”

“Fascinating history well presented.  Enjoyed technical aspects of wool production.  Very informed and enthusiastic guides.”