Gigg Mill

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Gigg Mill sits on the Horsley brook, which once powered its waterwheel. Its humble stature is typical of the smaller mills that dotted the valleys, many later fell into disrepair or were changed beyond recognition. Read more

At this mill you can visit our Weaving Shed containing historic and modern looms, including a power loom. The machinery is demonstrated by our expert guides and you can try your hand at weaving; know your warp from your weft; discover how to put a pattern into the cloth; see the flying shuttle; find out about the origins of Dobby on the 1830’s handloom and how everything just got faster. On your way out look for woad in the dye plant garden.

Allow at least an hour for your visit.
Children must be accompanied by an adult.


At Nailsworth, turn off the A46onto the B4058, the Old Bristol Road, direction Horsley. The mill is 300m on the right where the road dips.
There is parking and signs will direct you to the Weaving Shed.


Parking is nearby but there is a short footpath beside the building and there are two railway sleeper steps up into the dye plant garden in front of the door.


Walk up the road a little and on the left, you will find Ruskin Mill, Education Centre where toilets, a coffee shop, exhibition gallery and splendid lakeside walk can be found.

What our visitors say

“Very interesting and well demonstrated.  I was especially interested in the handweaving.  Excellent morning.”

“Absolutely wonderful.  Brilliantly explained and a great hands-on insight into a fascinating aspect of local and economic history in general.  Thank you.”