museums and attractions

Other Sites of Interest / Stationary Steam

Combe Mill

Combe Mill viewed from the river Evenlode picnic area.
Combe Mill viewed from the river Evenlode picnic area.
Front view of Combe Mill
Front view of Combe Mill
Combe Mill steam beam engine
Combe Mill steam beam engine
Combe Mill waterwheel
Combe Mill waterwheel
Upstairs Pattern Shop
Upstairs Pattern Shop
Popular with steam model enthusiasts
Popular with steam model enthusiasts

It is the original sawmill and workshop of the Blenheim Palace Estate, and is a Grade II* Listed building. This working industrial museum offers visitors a good insight into what work was like in Victorian times on a rural estate.

Facilities

  • Parking
  • Refreshments
  • Souvenir Shop
  • Full disabled access

Operator

Combe Mill Society

Address

Blenheim Palace Sawmills Combe Long Hanborough Oxfordshire OX29 8ET

  • 01993 358 694
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Open days

Steaming: 3rd Sun Mar-Oct 1000-1700. Static: 1st Sun & Wed Apr-Oct 1030-1630 (last entry 1530).

Travel

By Rail: Long Hanborough / 2 miles

Combe Mill is the old power house of the sawmill of Blenheim Estate.  The Victorian building houses the original working steam beam engine and alternative waterwheel power.  A functional double blacksmiths' forge offers visitors the chance to try their hand at making a poker or similar.  There are three other steam engines and an upstairs workshop in which many of the country skills and crafts used to develop and maintain the Blenheim Estate are demonstrated.  This is a fascinating unspoilt time capsule of Victorian working life which has been conserved and improved using Heritage Lottery Funding.

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