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Address: Lower Trappes Street, Bathurst 6166, South Africa
Phone Number:
+27 76 294 6516
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

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Really enjoyed the visit to the mill. Incredible that it still functions. Very informative guide. A bit of a wait to get access - the curator must be phoned to come and unlock the... read more

Reviewed 7 January 2016
Andrew M
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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16 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 January 2017

Gentleman who looks after the Mill provided lots of information, and even set the Mill in operation. With more funds it could be a greater draw for tourists

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Thank Ian L
GavinCame, Owner at Bradshaws Mill, responded to this review

Dear Ian thank you for the feedback. The Mill is funded through donations to a NPO called Historic Bathurst. We always hope for donations and paid trips to the Mill. They allow us to maintain it as best we can More 

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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 24 December 2016 via mobile

Was a bit difficult to find. Place close attention to the signs. If the gate is closed call the number on the board. We were lucky and he was there. A gentleman who gave us loads of information. The mill was restored in the 60's (I think). Yellow wood beams and floors are quite incredible luxury. Don't think it is... More 

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Thank martinlN5933XE
GavinCame, Committee Member at Bradshaws Mill, responded to this review

Hi Martin, thank you for your kind words. A small group of volunteers operate under the auspices of an NGO called Historic Bathurst. The mill is overseen by us. For the benefit of other readers it is possible to arrange for the guide on duty to meet you elsewhere if you are not sure of directions. There is nothing more... More 

Port Elizabeth, South Africa
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10 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 December 2016

This was one of the highlights of my visit to Bathurst, definitively a must do. You follow a gravel road to the mill, there is signs and its easy to find. Once at the gate you phone the curator if he is not there. The response is fast and within 5 to 10 min he is there. You then continue... More 

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1 Thank justinfbotha
GavinCame, Committee Member: Historic Bathurst at Bradshaws Mill, responded to this review

Thank you Justin, Our revolving curator system involves a group of volunteers. The curator on duty will be delighted by your feedback. Seeing the wheel turning with the weight of a stream of water is a special experience. More 

Cape Town, South Africa
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473 reviews
190 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 172 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 July 2016 via mobile

We never made it to the mill as followed the sign that led down a dirt road. Unfortunately this was so muddy that we got stuck! After about an hour a kindly local with a Ford Fortuner stopped and offered us a tow back to the tar road. There should be dangerous signs up for us city dwellers without 4... More 

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Thank kaapie62
GavinCame, Committee Member at Bradshaws Mill, responded to this review

Hi Kaapie We are really sorry you got stuck! We try to discourage people going to the Mill unattended, and have a "guide of the day" system . They will accompany you and also advise on the road! More 

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Reviewed 25 January 2016 via mobile

Great piece of history has been brought back to life. Wally the curator is great. Knowledgeable in the history of the mill . well worth a visit.

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Thank Julie S
GavinCame, Committee Member at Bradshaws Mill, responded to this review

Hi Julie Thank you for your wonderful "full house" score. Our committee of volunteers who maintain the Mill will be delighted with the feedback. Willie one of our network of volunteer curators will be equally pleased with the feedback More 

Johannesburg, South Africa
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34 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 January 2016 via mobile

Really enjoyed the visit to the mill. Incredible that it still functions. Very informative guide. A bit of a wait to get access - the curator must be phoned to come and unlock the access gates (this is well sign-posted). Well worth a visit, especially if you're interested in 1820 Settler history.

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1 Thank Andrew M
GavinCame, Committee member at Bradshaws Mill, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind review Andrew, A group of volunteers have formed a Non Profit trust to look after the Mill and all the "unmanned" national monuments around Bathurst. The Mill is our first project. We really do appreciate the support. More 

Port Alfred, South Africa
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41 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 September 2015

Amazing 1820 Mill in Bathurst. Beautifully restored, and all the history, clearly displayed on the walls. Well worth a visit.

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Thank Beverly Y
GavinCame, Committee member at Bradshaws Mill, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. Bradshaws Mill is maintained by a small volunteer interest group in the Historic Village of Bathurst. The fees we earn from the entrance fee are used to maintain and improve the Mill and its environment. It is always heartening to receive positive endorsements such as yours. More 

Bathurst, South Africa
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50 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 April 2015

You really must see this piece of our history in action. The building and it timbers came from the surrounding bush. Many have invested in its restoration including the late Geoff Palmer who rebuilt the wheel. Your support is needed to bring new life to the mill. The production of stone ground wheat flour is one of the possibilities. Bring... More 

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1 Thank lynandgra2014
Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
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498 reviews
92 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 182 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 February 2015

Check out the road .. The map said the road to the mill was closed .. and you are supposed to phone the curator to make a booking ! We never made as access and th need to book defeated us !

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Thank hilltopOxon
GavinCame, Committee member at Bradshaws Mill, responded to this review

We saw this review late! The Mill is maintained on a volunteer basis and is curated by a group of retirees in the village of Bathurst in The Eastern Cape. The Curator on duty is not physically located at the Mill but if you phone him/her they will arrange to meet at an appropriate venue to be guided to the... More 

Driebergen, The Netherlands
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14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 December 2014

An old mill in the bush, you have to call the keeper when you arrive at the gate. Just a nice site to visit and you help the people who try to keep the mill for the next generation. No spectacle just fun!

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Thank 538marke
Gavin C, Comittee member at Bradshaws Mill, responded to this review

Thank you for your support and valued feedback. One of our projects is to restore the operations of the mill so that future visitors will see it grinding corn or producing blankets. All in the pipline based on public support More 

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