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Saltford Brass Mill

Open Days at the Brass Mill

As well as the now unique annealing furnace and eighteen foot working cast iron water wheel at Saltford Brass Mill, our displays include full-size mock-ups of battery and rolling mill equipment which produced brass "hollow ware" or pots and pans, and brass sheet. We tell visitors the story of wire drawing and pin manufacture which lies at the beginning of the industrial revolution and modern manufacturing even before the age of steam. We also describe the historic family links to skilled workers who came from Europe to work across the region's brass industry which thrived for almost two centuries with its early links to slave trade and Bristol's merchant venturers.