Saltford Brass Mill
Saltford Brass Mill is a scheduled monument situated on the banks of the River Avon in the village of Saltford, 5 miles west of Bath, in the South West of England. The mill is the most complete survivor of an extensive group of C18th mills in the Avon Valley that were engaged in the production of copper and brass goods.

The links on the picture below provide information about the various workshops and features in and around the mill.
Saltford Brass Mill Project
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Restoration, Renovation and Repair
 
The Brass Mill has undergone a number of programmes of restoration, renovation and repair; three particular programmes  being in 1995, 2014 and 2018. Click on the links below to find out more about these programmes.
Volunteering

If you would like to get involved, please contact us for more information at: enquiries@brassmill.com  
Saltford Brass Mill Project
2014 Renovation
Talks and Visits
 
The Brass Mill is currently closed to visitors because of the coronavirus epidemic.  It is hoped to reopen to visitors in 2021 
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Scheduled Monument        

Grade II* Listed Building 

 
Saltford Brass Mill Project
 
The Saltford Brass Mill Project was founded in 1997 and registered as a Chartiable Incorporated Organisation in 2017.   Click here to read the aims and policies of the project plus recent annual reports:
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2018 Survey and Repair
Wildlife
 
The Brass Mill is host to a wide variety of wildlife, including fish, swans, kingfishers, herons, shags, damselflies, butterflies and spiders. 
 
Recent visitors which have attracted our attention are otters. 
 
Bethany Sewell, a photography student at Falmouth University, has used the Brass Mill as the topic for a coursework project.   The project involved making a photographic record of the wildlife in and around the mill and producing a magazine article which discusses the relationship between conservation of the mill and the conservation of wildlife. 
 
Click on the link below to read Bethany's article and see video footage of otters playing around the waterwheel.
 
 
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2020 PROGRAMME POSTPONED DUE TO CORONAVIRUS
Saltford Brass Mill Through Time

The Saltford Brass Mill Project's archive contains a number of images of the mill in the C19th and early C20th, a selection of which can be seen at the following link:
Saltford Brass Mill Through Time
Battery Mill
Waterwheel
Dynamo Room
Annealing Furnace
Rolling Mill
Wildlife
Brass Production
Mill Building
Brassware
Exhibits
History
Africa Trade
Africa Trade
Visits to the Brass Mill
Watercourses
1995 Restoration
2014 Renovation
2018 Survey and Repair
Timeline
Mill Through Time

 

Africa Trade

The Bristol Brass Company was formed in 1702 in response to the demand for brassware from Bristol based Merchant Venturers who were investing in cargoes for trade with West Africa and the Caribbean.

Moral values in the C18th were very different to today and many manufactures in the region were producing goods to support the triangular trade, including textiles, iron, copper, brass, gunpowder and glass.  The return goods were also key to the creation of wealth in Bristol and Bath, including sugar, molasses, cotton and tobacco.  The demand stimulated technological developments which made Bristol and South Wales world leaders in the production of copper and brass for over 150 years.

It is important to understand what happened and to learn from those experiences.   One of our objectives is to tell part of that story; the role played by the Bristol brass industry.  Click here to learn more about the brass industry and the transatlantic slave trade.

 

 

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Africa Trade
Wildlife at Saltford Brass Mill