Out of 2 explores we had planned this was the 1st on our list. We climbed through a hole and what was on the other side amazed us all .. on the other side was a virtually intact Mill with machines still in situ and carts laying around with rolls of fabric still inside.
History of Tone Mill
Tone Works was the dyeing and finishing works established by Fox Brothers and Co of Tonedale Mills, Wellington, at the confluence of the River Tone and the Back Stream . The site is shown on the Tithe map of 1839, and the works was enlarged and altered over the next 80 years. In 1912 the site was described as having ' perhaps the largest Indigo Dye House in England' The site continued in production until the 1990's. Tone Works is a near- complete example of a C19 cloth dyeing and finishing works, which developed between c.1830 and c.1920.
It retains all of the component structures associated with the dyeing and finishing of worsted and woollen cloths, together with the machinery and fittings required for those processes Tone Works in its present form is an exceptional survival in a national context, not only for the completeness of the building complex , but also for the survival of its machinery, water management system and power generation plant.