Cowbridge Sawmill and Forge Museum

Cowbridge Sawmill is situated in the village of Timberscombe, set in the midst of the beautiful Exmoor countryside. The first mill on this site dates from at least the 14th century when it produced flour for the local people. The amenity survived until the late 19th Century. In 1904 the mill was converted to a Sawmill which continued to serve the local community. By the end of the 20th century the mill was in urgent need of renovation.

The old mill has now been reroofed and the floors rebuilt, while the dilapidated workshop and forge have been demolished and replaced by an attractive two storey building of local stone with a slate roof.

As well as enhancing the appearance of the mill, the new building contains a forge, workshop and an area to display items providing an interesting attraction for the village of Timberscombe and the Exmoor region.

Did you know?

Cowbridge sawmill has been in existence since at least the early 1300s when it was a corn mill. There were 13 mills on the River Avill in the Middle Ages.


Cowbridge Sawmill
Near Dunster
TA24 7TD


01643 841744



Entry is free, but donations are welcome

Opening Times

Open by appointment only, please contact the site to book a visit.


  • Parking nearby
  • Refreshments
  • Toilets
  • Handrails
  • Limited disabled access


  • Agricultural
  • Industrial
  • Local History

Time Periods

  • 20th Century
  • Contemporary
  • Edwardian
  • Victorian