Pitt Mill isn’t intended to be a working museum but rather an interesting example of a viable cottage industry employing historic practices and skills which are artistic, educational and environmental friendly.”
Two Rivers was formed in 1976 and has been run and located at Pitt Mill, Somerset, UK since 1990. It’s one of a handful of commercial handmills still operating in Europe.
The owner/manager is Jim Patterson, a fourth generation paper maker who has spent his entire working life in the paper industry, in larger mills both in England and abroad, including Wansborough Paper Company in Watchet.
The mill is over 400 years old and still retains much of the ancient wooden milling machinery. It’s been restored over the last 15 years to a working water-powered traditional paper mill, using a 100 year old metal wheel from Wales and an 1841 Hollander Rag-Breaker.
The wheel itself is a 10 ft overshot wheel weighing two and a half tons and standing eleven foot high. In combination with the rag breaker, Two Rivers will be the only place in the UK where water power is used to make paper from old rags.
Showing a continuing commitment to manufacturing using envronmentally appropriate methods, a full array of solar panels were fitted to the mill roof in 2011. Electrical heating is used to gently dry our paper in the mill loft and over the year the panels will cancel that cost.
The mill is usually open for visitors during normal working hours but please call us at the mill on 01984 641028 if you are making a special trip to see us.