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SPAB Press ReleaseNational Mills Weekend 2006 (May 13/14) celebrates the 75th anniversary of SPAB's Mills Section. More than 80 Mills In UK Are Taking Part. Wind and water are sustainable power sources, used for hundreds of years in Britain in the production of natural food. 2006 sees the 75th anniversary of the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB) Mills Section and what better way to mark this landmark year in the battle to save some of the nation's most loved and evocative buildings than to celebrate their practicality along with their beauty? SPAB's founder William Morris held that you should have nothing in your home that you do not know to be both beautiful and useful - a maxim that could easily apply to Britain's wind and watermills. There are currently more than 100 working mills capable of producing natural, stone ground flour and 100 of these will be open to the public during SPAB's 75th Anniversary National Mills Weekend - May 13th/14th 2006. In addition, over the weekend, a further 300 mills throughout the country will be welcoming visitors. SPAB's Windmill Committee was formed in 1931 in response to an alarming decline in the numbers of the country's windmills. Later it included watermills within its interests, and it "encouraged the art of country milling". Still active today the SPAB is the only national amenity society dedicated to the protection of our milling heritage. Some working mills are more than 300 years old yet still efficiently doing the job in the 21st century that they were built and designed for. Simon Hudson, SPAB?s Mills Section Secretary says:
What could be better or more sustainable than natural food made using a 100% environmentally friendly power source?Many of the mills open in May are run by members of the Traditional Corn Millers Guild. The Guild was set up in 1987 to promote stone ground, wholemeal, oatmeal and other special flours to a wider public and continue the tradition of milling with stones. A new publication: Stone Ground Flour - Where Can I Find It? gives information about where these products can be found. Listing mills from Cumbria to Kent and from Cornwall to Scotland, this publication is launched for National Mills Weekend 2006 and is available from the SPAB Mills Section and from participating mills. Further details of National Mills Weekend are available from Simon Hudson, Mills Section Secretary, SPAB Mills Section, 37 Spital Square, London E1 6DY (0207 456 0909). e-mail email@example.com or visit to the website.
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|Buckinghamshire||Ford End Watermill||Ivinghoe|
|Buckinghamshire||Pann Mill||High Wycombe|
|Cambridgeshire||Foster's Windmill||Swaffham Prior|
|Cambridgeshire||Lode Watermill||Anglesea Abbey|
|Cambridgeshire||Wicken Corn Windmill|
|Cornwall||Cotehele Watermill||St Dominick|
|Cumbria||Little Salkeld Watermill|
|Dorset||Town Mill||Lyme Regis|
|Dumfries & Galloway||New Abbey Corn Watermill|
|East Sussex||Michelham Priory Watermill||Upper Dicker|
|East Sussex||Park Watermill||Batemans, Burwash|
|East Sussex||Stone Cross Windmill|
|East Yorkshire||Beswick Watermill|
|East Yorkshire||Skidby Windmill|
|Essex||John Webb's Windmill||Thaxted|
|Hampshire||Alderholt Mill||nr Fordingbridge|
|Hampshire||Eling Tide Mill||Totton|
|Hampshire||Longbridge Watermill||Sherfield on Loddon|
|Hertfordshire||Mill Green Watermill||Hatfield|
|Isle of Wight||Calbourne Watermill|
|Jersey||Le Moulin de Quetivel||St Peter's Valley|
|Kent||Swanton Watermill||Lower Mersham|
|Lincolnshire||Maud Foster Windmill||Boston|
|Lincolnshire||Mount Pleasant Windmill||Kirton in Lindsey|
|Nottinghamshire||Green's Windmill||Sneinton, Nottingham|
|Nottinghamshire||North Leverton Windmill|
|Orkney||Barony (Boardhouse) Mills||Birsay|
|Pembrokeshire||Y Felin, St Dogmaels|
|Perthshire||Blair Atholl Watermill|
|Powys||Bacheldre Watermill||Churchstoke, Montgomery|
|South Yorkshire||Worsborough Watermill Museum|
|Warwickshire||Charlecote Watermill||Hampton Lucy|
|West Sussex||High Salvington Windmill|
|West Sussex||Jill Windmill||Clayton|
|West Sussex||Lurgashall Watermill||Weald & Downland Open-air Museum, Singleton|
|West Sussex||Shipley Windmill|
|Wiltshire||Ford Watermill||near Salisbury|
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SPAB Press ReleaseThe Mills are Alive... National Mills Weekend, 7th/8th May celebrates its 21st anniversary in 2005, with opportunities across the country for visitors and enthusiasts to appreciate the very best examples of Britain's milling heritage, and the loftiest! The event is organised each year by the Mills Section of SPAB (the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings). Involving more than 400 windmills and watermills nationwide, the 2005 weekend will include the giant of the mills world (the tallest in the country) opening to the public for the first time after an ambitious repair programme. This is the tower mill at Moulton in Lincolnshire, which featured in the first BBC series of Restoration. More than 100 mills which are capable of producing flour, will be in action (wind permitting) dispelling the myths that wind power is either confined to the pages of history or is a new intrusion into the landscape! Some of the buildings taking part in the event are only open at this time, enabling National Mills Weekend to offer members of the public a unique insight into some of the country's best loved and most distinctive landmark structures. A recent survey revealed that, after houses, windmills are the most popular subjects for children's drawings of buildings. Harnessing this enthusiasm and high recognition factor, this year National Mills Weekend is piloting a schools' project linking primary schools and their local mill. Simon Hudson, SPAB Mills section, says: "From Blair Atholl in Scotland to St. Dominick in Cornwall, the mills are most definitely alive and this weekend will give everyone the opportunity to find out more. And, with the rising interest in organic foods and traditional production techniques there has never been a more appropriate or significant time for people to head for the mills!"
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|Bedfordshire||The Olde Mill Barton le Clay||http://www.oldewatermill.co.uk|
|Buckinghamshire||Ford End Watermill Ivinghoe||http://www.fordendwatermill.co.uk|
|Buckinghamshire||Lacey Green Windmill||http://www.chilternsociety.org.uk/|
|Cambridgeshire||Bourn Post Mill||http://www.cps.wandlebury.org|
|Cheshire||Quarry Bank Mill Styal|
|Cleveland||Tocketts Mill Guisborough|
|Cumbria||Acorn Bank Mill||http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk|
|Cumbria||Farfield Mill Sedbergh||http://www.farfieldmill.org.uk|
|Cumbria||Heron Corn Mill||http://www.heronmill.org|
|Cumbria||Little Salkeld Watermill||http://www.organicmill.co.uk|
|Cumbria||Old Mill Kirby in Furness|
|Derbyshire||Caudwells Mill Rowsley|
|Devon||Coldharbour Mill Uffculme||http://www.coldharbourmill.org.uk|
|Devon||Otterton Mill Budleigh Salterton||http://www.ottertonmill.co.uk|
|Devon||Totnes Town Mill||http://www.totnesinformation.co.uk|
|Dorset||Boar Mill Corfe Castle|
|Dorset||Castleton Waterwheel Sherborne||http://www.castletonwaterwheel.org.uk|
|Dorset||Place Mill Christchurch||http://www.visitchristchurch.info|
|Dorset||Sturminster Newton Watermill||http://www.sturminster-site.net/history.htm|
|Dorset||Town Mill Lyme Regis||http://www.townmill.org.uk|
|Essex||Abbey Mill Coggeshall|
|Essex||Stanstead Mountfitchett Windmill|
|Gloucestershire||Dunkirk Mill Centre Nailsworth||http://www.stroud-textile.co.uk|
|Hampshire||Winchester City Mill||http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk|
|Isle of Man||Kentraugh Watermill Colby|
|Isle of Wight||Bembridge Windmill||http://www.nationaltrust.co.uk|
|Kent||Chart Gunpowder Mills Faversham|
|Kent||Drapers Mill Margate|
|Kent||Stelling Minnis Windmill|
|Kent||Union Mill Cranbrook|
|Leicestershire||Kibworth Harcourt Windmill|
|Lincolnshire||Ellis Mill Lincoln|
|Lincolnshire||Five Sailed Windmill Alford|
|Lincolnshire||Mount Pleasant Windmill Kirton in Lindsey||http://www.mountpleasantwindmill.co.uk|
|Lincolnshire||Stockwith Watermill Hagworthingham|
|Lincolnshire||Trader Mill Sibsey||http://www.sibsey.fsnet.co.uk/Trader_Windmill_Sibsey.htm|
|Norfolk||Great Bircham Windmill||http://www.birchamwindmill.co.uk|
|Norfolk||St. Benets Level Windpump||http://www.ludhamhall.co.uk|
|Norfolk||Stow Mill Paston||http://www.stowmill.co.uk|
|Salop||Daniels Mill Bridgenorth|
|Somerset||Bishop Lydyeard Mill||http://www.bishoplydyeard.co.uk|
|Somerset||Claverton Pumping Station||http://www.claverton.org|
|Somerset||Piles Mill Allerford|
|Staffordshire||Brindley Mill Leek||http://www.brindleymill.net|
|Suffolk||Alton Watermill Museum of East Anglia||http://www.eastanglianlife.org.uk|
|Suffolk||Eastbridge Windpump Museum of East Anglia||http://www.eastanglianlife.org.uk|
|Suffolk||Saxtead Green Postmill||http://www.english-heritage.org.uk|
|Suffolk||Stanton Post Mill||http://www.stantonwindmillmembers.beeb.net|
|Surrey||Painshill Park Waterwheel||http://www.painshill.co.uk|
|Sussex||High Salvington Windmill||http://www.highsalvingtonwindmill.co.uk|
|Sussex||Jill Windmill Clayton||http://www.sussexmillsgroup.org.uk|
|Sussex||Park Mill Batemans Burwash||http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk|
|Sussex||Stone Cross Windmill||http://www.sussexmillsgroup.org.uk|
|Sussex||Weald and Downland Museum Singleton||http://www.wealddown.co.uk|
|Sussex||West Blatchington Windmill||http://www.sussexmillsgroup.org.uk|
|Tyne and Wear||Fulwell Windmill Sunderland||http://www.fulwell-windmill.co.uk|
|Tyne and Wear||Path Head Watermill Blaydon||http://www.gatesheadmill.co.uk|
|West Midlands||New Hall Watermill Sutton Coldfield||http://www.newhallmill.org.uk|
|Wiltshire||Ford Mill Salisbury|
|Yorkshire||Elvington Brickyard Windpump||http://www.elvingtoncaravanparkandfishinglake.com|
|Yorkshire||Fountains Mill Fountains Abbey||http://www.fountainsabbey.org.uk|
|Yorkshire||Holgate Windmill York||http://www.holgatewindmill.org|
|Yorkshire||Raindale Mill York||http://www.yorkmuseumstrust.org.uk|
|Wales||Treffiw Woolen Mills Connwy||http://www.t-w-m-co.uk|
|Scotland||Blair Atholl Watermill||http://www.blairathollwatermill.co.uk|
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SPAB Press ReleaseNational Mills Weekend 8th - 9th May 2004
For immediate release - 16 March 2004
For the last 20 years the Mills Section of the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings has organised National Mills Weekend, a two day celebration of Britain's milling heritage. Over this weekend, about 500 mills in England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland will open their doors to visitors.
Mills were involved with a number of different industries in addition to flour production. They also pumped water, produced paper, gunpowder etc. "Mills Open" (see below) is the definitive guide to the Mills of the British Isles and is packed with information about opening times, details of location, and what visitors can discover. Some Mills work as commercial businesses, while others are run by enthusiastic volunteers. Fifty years ago, the Wind and Watermills of this country were thought to be in terminal decline, but now there has been a renaissance in these wonderful reminders of our past.
There are nearly 100 working wind or watermills in the UK. These are described in our recent publication Mills Open. This is our 7th edition and is available from the Mills Section Office at 37 Spital Square London E1 6DY for £5 (including postage and packing)
Among the mills that will be open over National Mills Weekend 2004 are:
For further information about any aspect of National Mills Weekend, contact Simon Hudson on 020 7456 0909 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Further information on mills which will be open includes:
NB. Foot and Mouth - in common with many other activities, some mills are NOT able to open due to Foot and Mouth considerations. Please check back to this page, and the pages it links to, to check the latest news.
Several newly-renovated wind and watermills will be amongst the estimated 350 mills open to the public this year on National Mills Weekend.
The weekend, which has been organised for the past 10 years by the Mills Section of the Society for the protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB) takes place on 12/13 May 2001.
Among the mills the public will be able to see in action for the first time are the Grade 2* five storey Victorian windmill at Stone Cross near Eastbourne, Sussex, which has just been renovated at a cost of £230,000 and is in full working order.
Another mill open for the first time is the water-operated sawmill at Pontdolgoch, Powys. The 100 year old mill, has recently been restored by the owners, brothers Richard and Emyr Owen. The brothers work in restoring the mill to full working order at their own expense was recognised last year by the award of a plaque - the means by which the Mills Section acknowledges exceptional effort.
The weekend will also provide a rare opportunity for members of the public to see round Fulbourn Windmill in Cambridgeshire which is only open on a few days a year. The 200 year old smock mill is undergoing comprehensive renovation and they will be able to see members of the working party in action.
Several town mills will also be open for the weekend. They include the newly-organic early 19th century Greens Mill which is in the Nottingham suburb of Sneinton, only a mile from the centre of the city, and in Lincolnshire the the enormous early 19 century Maud Foster Mill in the centre of Boston. Two other town mills in full production that will be open are the Union Windmill in Cranbrook, Kent, England's tallest smock mill, and, in Scotland, Lower City watermill in the centre of Perth.
The chairman of the Mills Section is Mildred Cookson, who 20 years ago gave up her job in the Civil Service to run the only working watermill on the River Thames at Mapledurham, near Reading.
She says "Whether they are wind or watermills these old buildings have a rare quality. In the past they were responsible for providing us with our daily bread and played an important part in everyone's lives. In 1900 there were 10,000 wind and watermills, operating. Twenty years later the number was below 2,000.
"Once a year on this weekend the mills fraternity likes to try and transfer some of its enthusiasm to the public at large. Being a miller is like being at the helm of a giant sailing vessel. You are just one person harnessing tremendous power - and its free!
"With greatly renewed interest in naturally-produced foods and all things organic and ecological, plus the arrival of the National Heritage Lottery Fund, wind and watermills have been enjoying good times.
"For the past 50 years one of the main objects of the Section has been to try and stop these buildings from being converted into houses. We are glad to say this has been successful as instanced by the number of workable mills today - about 400. Some 350 of these will be open this weekend - the largest number yet."
Check back here for further details as they become available.
And look out for posters like the following...
Last year's event had an "International Mills Weekend" theme, with mills encouraged to twin with foreign mills - there were displays of photographs and guide books from the foreign mills.
Look for the following poster advertising mills open in your local area:
If you fail to find time to visit mills during this weekend, you may care to note that many mills are open on other weekends throughout the year - full details can be found in the SPAB publication Mills Open
Not that they offer particularly good ecards, but Greetsomeone.com have put together a selection for "National Windmill Day!"
Some details on-line:
Open 11.00am - 4.00pm, Saturday and Sunday May 8th and 9th.
Tea and coffee available from the Tea Room. Exhibition at the Visitor Centre.
See the restoration in progress, plus Mill to Mill Amateur Radio link Up.
Ample Parking - see map
Stonegrouud flour will be milled by machincry driven by a large waterwheel and bran and semolina will also be produced. Visitors will see a blacksmith sorting out the mill's "chattering damsel" and loaves of bread will be baked in a wood-fired breadoven.
At one time there were several thousand water and wind powered mills in the country: now sadly a more handful. Enjoy this one for the day in its tranquil and secluded setting and find out more about "chattering damsels", semolina and traditional corn milling.
The mill is located on the B4086 and admission will be £3.00 for adults. £2.50 for Senior Citizens and students and £2.00 for children.
(For further information, ring 01789 470237)
Chillenden windmill : In fields north of Chillenden village, 4km SW of Sandwich. Map Ref : TR268543 Phone : 01304 812320 Descrition : Built in 1868 this is one of the last 'open-trestle' post windmills to be built in Britain. Open : Sundays & Bank Holiday Mondays 14.00h - 16.30h May to August. Sandwich White Mill :On the A257 west of Sandwich Supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund Map Ref :TR323587 Phone : 01304 612076 or 0966 177587 E-mail : email@example.com Web : http://www.kent-museums.org.uk/whitemil/home.html Description : A smock corn mill built circa 1760. Retains its original wooden machinery, outbuildings and miller's cottage. Museum of Domestic, Craft & Farming Items. Displays of photos of Victorian life in the area. Car Park : Gift Shop : Toilets Open : Easter to 12th September : Sundays & Bank Holiday Mondays : 14.30h - 17.30h January to end of November : Fridays & Sundays : 10.00h - 12.00h.
ARDINGTON MILL NGR:SU428881
About 2 miles E of Wantage and half mile S of the A417. On the Ginge Brook, a tributary of the Thames, at Home Farm. Part of the Lockinge Estate, the mill is older than it looks. It has lost its water supply and, although it does not turn, its corn-grinding machinery and interesting overshot waterwheel have been restored.
Saturday & Sunday, 2pm-5pm. Admission free.
ASCOTT UNDER WYCHWOOD. ASCOTT MILL NGR:SP309195
Half a mile NE of the village of Ascott under Wychwood, about 4 miles W of Charlbury. By the river Evenlode, a converted mill that has lost its water supply. The fine disused wooden clasp-armed waterwheel and wooden machinery on the ground floor are accessible.
Sunday, 11am-5pm. Admission free.
CHALGROVE MILL NGR: SU63 1970
At W end of Chalgrove village, just off the B480, 2 miles E of Stadhampton. An old mill that was extended later, it was restored to working condition in 1998. This included turning the overshot waterwheel around to become a high-breast one. The mill will be grinding corn powered by the waterwheel.
Saturday, 11am-4pm. Admission £1, children 50p.
CHARNEY BASSETT. CHARNEV MILL NGR:SU381945
In the village of Charney Bassett, opposite the church, this corn mill was driven by the River Ock, although the water is now diverted. It was built about 1800 and is gradually being restored by the Vale of White Horse Industrial Archaeology Group. The iron machinery is complete and a secondhand waterwheel is being installed.
Sunday, 2pm-5pm. Donations welcome.
CHINNOR WINDMILL NGR: SP750010
On W side of Chinnor village, 4.5 miles SE of Thame. A 1789 post mill being rebuilt by the Chinnor Windmill Restoration Society. The main post has now been erected and the frame of the buck is on the ground, with some machinery on-site.
Sunday, 10am-4pm. (Site accessible on Saturday also) Donations welcome.
CLANFIELD. LITTLE CLANFIELD MILL NGR:SP271014
About a mile W of Clanfield village, near Brampton. A corn mill that was rebuilt about 120 years ago on an older site beside a small tributary of the River Thames. All machinery was removed except for the outside iron waterwheel, but this has been repaired and will be turning.
Saturday & Sunday, 10am-5pm. Admission free. Cream teas available.
GARFORD. VENN MILL NGR:SU430949
On the A338 Oxford to Wantage road, one mile N of the village of East Hanney. A corn mill of about 1800 built on an ancient site beside the Childrey Brook, a tributary of the River Ock. An undershot waterwheel drives millstones by mainly wooden machinery. The mill will be working, grinding locally-grown wheat. Wholemeal flour on sale.
Sunday, 10am-5pm. Admission £1, children 50p.
MAPLEDURHAM MILL NGR: SU669767
Opposite the church in Mapledurham village, approximately 4 miles NW of Reading. This ancient watermill is the last to work on the River Thames and contains wooden machinery. The millstones are driven by a wooden undershot waterwheel. The mill will be grinding corn, with flour and bread on sale.
Saturday & Sunday, 2-5pm. Admission £2.50, children £1.50.
STADHAMPTON MILL NGR: SU604984
In Stadhampton village, a watermill in a lovely garden setting on a tributary of the River Thame. Although no longer in use, it retains its wooden machinery. The small overshot waterwheel will be turning.
Saturday, 2-6pm. Contributions to Stadhampton church restoration.
STANDLAKE. CHIJRCH MILL NGR:SP396038
Off Downs Road at Standlake, nearly opposite the church. The last mill on the River Windrush in working order. The undershot waterwheel has been repaired and powers the millstones. There was once a second waterwheel here. The mill will be working, with wholemeal flour and bread on sale. Morris dancers and other attractions.
Sunday, lOam-5pm. Admission £2, pensioners £1.50, children £1.
WANTAGE, HAM MILL NGR:SU391875
Off the B4507, on SW side of the town. A converted mill in an attractive garden with ponds fed by the Letcombe Brook. The mill has lost its machinery but a large iron waterwheel will be turning. There is also the frame of a second waterwheel.
Sunday, 12-5pm. Admission £1.
WHEATLEY WINDMILL NGR: SP589053
On the hill above Wheatley, just off the A40, 5 miles E of Oxford. An 18th century tower mill being restored by the Wheatley Windmill Society. The wooden machinery is still in place but much work still remains to be done on this important mill.
Sunday, 10am-5pm. Donations welcome.
NWMG Area contacts: Lancashire: Stanley Brown. Tel: 01253 735247 Cheshire: Stephen Penney. Tel: 01606 41331 NWMG general contact: Stuart Mousdale, Chairman. Tel: 01928 726014
HELMSHORE TEXTILE MUSEUMS
Holcombe Road, Helmshore, Rossendale Working waterwheel which naturally drives stocks fulling woollen cloth. Dramatic 714 spindle cotton mules spin miles of yarn a minute and are shown in action. Leave M65 Junction 5 and follow A6177 (Haslingden). NGR: SD 778 214 Contact: Ian Gibson, Tel: 01706 226459
Sat CLOSED Sun l2noon-5pm
The Green, East Beach, Lytham. Fascinating exhibition of local history with ever-changing topics provided and staffed by volunteers of Lytham Heritage Group. Sails replaced after recent storm damage. Free admission. Follow signs for the coast road, A583/A584 from Preston to Lytham. NGR: SD 371 270 Contact: Vivien Wood, Tel: 01253 724141 ext. 3710
Sat 10.30am - 1pm & 2pm - 4.30pm Sun 10.30am - 1pm & 2pm - 4.30pm
Marsh Mill Craft Village, Thornton Cleveleys Restored late-i 8th century windmill, amongst the tallest in the Fylde, guided tours. Planned attractions include exhibition and activities in the mill, and in the Square, music (Saturday) and magic and brass band (Sunday). From M55 Junction 3 follow the A585 (Fleetwood) for approx 6 miles then follow signs for Marsh Mill. Details of public transport also available. NGR: SD 335 426 Contact: Tel: 01253 88744 (Vicky Tindall, Wyre BC) or 01253 860765 (Mill)
Sat 10.30am-5pm Sun 10.30am-5pm
Moscow Mill, Collier Street, Oswaldtwistle Textile time tunnel display, covering 300 years of the cotton industry, including a weavers cottage c.1750, set within a modern working weaving shed. Free admission. Craft and coffee shops. From M6 J.29; or M62 Junction 18 via M65 J.7, follow signs to Accrington, first right to Oswaldtwistle. Contact: Joan Evans, Tel: 01254 871025
Sat 11am - 4.30pm Sun llam - 4.30pm
QUEEN STREET MILL
Queen Street, Harle Syke, Burnley Coal-fired Lancashire boiler supplies steam to 500hp tandem compound engine coupled to over 300 Lancashire looms. The mill plans to be in steam and weaving. Leave M65 at J.10 or J.12 (latter has better signposted route). NGR: SD 867 349 Contact: lan Gibson, Tel: 01282412555
Sat 10.30am - 5pm Sun 1pm - 4pm
DUNHAM MASSEY MILL
Dunham Massey Hall, Altrincham 17th century corn watermill, refitted in 19th century as estate sawmill, now restored and preserved. In the grounds of Dunham Massey Hall, with gardens and deer park (National Trust). 3 miles SW of Altrincham off the A56, from the M6 J.19, from the M56 J.7. NGR: SJ 735 874 Contact: Visitor Services Department, Tel: 0161 941 1025
Sat 12-5pm Sun 12-5pm
Mill Lane, off Bowesgate Road, Bunbury Working 19th century cornmill. Flour milling process demonstrated. Flour for sale. Mill Lane, off Bowesgate Road, Bunbury, near Tarporley. NGR: SJ 573 581 Contact: Dennis Buchanan, Tel: 01829 261422
Sat 2pm - 5pm Sun 2pm - 5pm
NETHER ALDERLEY MILL
Congleton Road, Nether Alderley Corn watermill in 15th century building with tandem overshot wheels, largely Victorian machinery restored to working order (National Trust). E side of A34, 1 1/2 miles S of Alderley Edge NGR: SJ 844 763 Contact: National Trust Styal Estate Office, Tel: 01625 523012
Sat CLOSED Sun 1pm - 4.30pm
QUARRY BANK MILL
Restored Georgian cotton mill, working museum. 1851 Fairbairn 1 OOhp high breastshot working waterwheel. Steam power beam engine. Interactive exhibits and audio visual theatre. Set in Styal Country Park (National Trust). Styal, 1 1/2 in N of Wilmslow off B51 66 NGR: SJ 834 831 Contact: Quarry Bank Mill Trust, Tel: 01625 527468
Mill Lane, Stretton A largely timber-framed watermill, with 18th century sandstone additions. Overshot and breastshot waterwheels. Four sets of stones. Guided tours and interpretive displays. Signposted from the A534 (10 miles south of Chester) NGR: SJ 454 530 Contact: Stephen Penney, Tel: 0160641331
Sat 1pm-5pm Sun 1pm-5pm
KILLHOPE LEAD MINING CENTRE Park Level Mine
Cowshill, Upper Weardale Underground mine, restored lead mine site. Exhibitions, shop and cafe. Bishop Auckland Radio Club doing "Mills on the Air". A689 Stanhope to Aiston Road, 1 1/2 miles from Cowshill towards Alston. NGR: NY 826 424 Contact: Kath Brown I Maureen Murray, Tel: 01388 537505
Sat 10.30am - 5pm Sun 10.30am - 5pm
Temple Sowerby, near Pen rith Restored watermill (National Trust). Acorn Bank Gardens and shop. Hope to have recently restored waterwheel turning. Mill open free of charge, donations welcome. 6 1/2 miles from Penrith, just off the A66, signposted from Temple Sowerby. NGR: NY 612 281 Contact: Sara Braithwaite, Tel: 01768 361893
Sat l0am - 5pm Sun l0am - 5pm
ALSTON HIGH MILL
Market Place, Alston Free entry to view the waterwheel, which is to be restored. Mill is on left behind shoe shop, down lane adjacent to market cross. NGR: NY 718 466 Contact: Hope Alderson, Tel: 01434382037
Sat l0am-5pm Sun l0am-5pm
Beckside, Kirkby-in-Furness Manorial cornmili, now a house. Wheel restored and water supply. House and gardens will be open, and a number of items on display. Donations. At Kirkby crossroads, turn off A545, away from Duddon Estuary. About 1/3 mile turn right to Ulverston, Mill is on that corner. NGR: SD236822 Contact: Charles Rowntree, Tel: 01229 889373
Sat 10am - 6pm Sun l0am - 6pm
Blennerhasset, near Aspatria Watermill undergoing restoration; organic gardens and renewable energy demonstration project. Access via Baggrow Lonning only on N. side of R. Ellen NGR: NY 184 419 Contact: Andy Curie, Tel: 016973 23523
Sat 11am - 5pm Sun 11am - 5pm
Boot Village, Eskdale Ancient Lakeland corn mill with two overshot waterwheels, 12' diameter. The mill is run daily for visitors and a guided tour is given. A short walk from Dalegarth Station on the Ravengiass & Eskdale steam railway; or over Wrynose & Hardnott Passes from central Lakeland. NGR: NY 176 012 Contact: Dave King, Tel: 01946723335
Sat 11am-5.30pm Sun 11am-5.30pm
Garsdale Road, Sedbergh 4 storey textile mill. Water turbine (not working), Dobcross looms, riverside walks. 1 1/2 miles from Sedbergh on left along Garsdale Road, next to Oakdene Guest House. NGR: SD 677 919 Contact: Maureen Lamb, Tel: 015396 20553
Sat l0am-4pm Sun l0am-4pm
Gleaston, near Ulverston 18th century corn mill in 10 acre site, impressive wheel and machinery. Planned attractions include Archaeology, NFU, NWW and Police displays, amateur radio station, clog dancers & fiddle player, plant stall and various craft stalls. Follow the brown & white signs from A5087 coast road. NGR: SD 260 709 Contact: Vicky Brereton, Tel: 01229 869244, Website www.watermill.co.uk
Sat 11am-5pm Sun 11am-5pm
HERON CORN MILL & Museum ot Paper Making
By Waterhouse Mills, Beetham, Milnthorpe Fully working 18th century corn mill, 14ft breast shot wheel, Lowder type arrangement of stones. Exhibition of 900 years of milling on the site, gallery showing history of bread making. Museum of papermaking shows history of papermaking, ancient and modern, by various methods. 1 mile south of Milnthorpe on the A6, entry at the start of Beetham village signed with brown & white signs. 6 miles north of J35 of M6 to large roundabout, then take A6 north. NGR: SD 496 799 Contact: Administrator, Tel: 015395 65027
Sat 11am - 5pm Sun 11am - 5pm
Ravenglass Working watermill, mostly pre-1850 machinery grinding organic wheat, flour for sale. Woodland walks, tea & gift shop, bed & breakfast. Planned attractions include hints on bread making and comparison of bread-making machines; bodger, spinner and potter; and amateur radio station. Off the A59S, 1 mile NE of Ravenglass. Trains of the Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway stop at the mill station by request. NGR: SD 096 978 Contact: Pam & Ernie Priestley, Tel: 01229 717232
Sat 10am - 5pm Sun 10am - 5pm
STOTT PARK BOBBIN MILL
Low Stott Park, Finsthwaite 19th century bobbin mill preserved as a working museum (English Heritage). Steam engine & water turbine. Last admission 1 hour before closing. Low Stott Park, 1/2 mile from Finsthwaite NGR: SD 373 883 Contact: Barbara Spearman, Tel: 0191 261 1585
Sat 10am - 6pm Sun 10am - 6pm
The day was gloriously sunny and warm (at least in the South of England), and this brought people out in large numbers to a number of mills.
Photos from the day
I have left the pre-day information I had available, to give a further idea of the things that occured.
SPAB Mills Section,
37 Spital Square, London E1 6DY,
Milling Industry in Danger of Grinding to a Halt
On National Mills Day: Sunday 10th May 1998 : the last remaining traditional Wind Mills and Water Mills across the country will be open to the public.
The traditional mills, with their environmentally friendly power sources, are under threat. Under threat from developers wanting to convert them into houses, or offices. Under threat from the failure of rural milling businesses due to the impact of modern commercial pressures.
The consumption of food has become far removed from the production of the raw ingredients. Few buildings symbolize this lost rural heritage of food production more graphically that the mill. Once locally grown cereal crops were turned into flour and animal feed at the local mill for the benefit of the local community and its economy. Now the raw materials and end products may come from anywhere in the world, and the food scares of the past few years have been testament to the impact on all our lives.
Supermarkets must share part of the blame for they demand large quantities of flour which the small mill enterprise cannot supply. The working mills have to look to the market of smaller independent bakeries. These however are also being put in danger by the supermarkets who sell bread as a loss leader product, undercutting the small baker. The bakeries in turn, have to look for lower cost flours, which the traditional mill producing high quality, highly specialized flours with low profit margins cannot supply.
Many mills are by necessity diversifying into other areas. Some are producing specialist flours, for example organic flours. Many small traditional mills are facing a future where the tour, tea and gift shop is more profitable than the mill.
National Mills Day is designed to focus public attention on the mills and the problems the owners face keeping them as living, working enterprises. The Mills Section wishes to encourage the public to visit and support mills of all descriptions and conditions, before it is too late.
The Mills Section has produced an illustrated guidebook Mills Open retail price £4.00 (plus £1 postage UK). It gives details of opening times, facilities, and historical and technological information on over 400 mills and is available by sending cheque or postal order payable to SPAB Mills Section to the address above.
About 2 miles E of Wantage, and half mile S of A417. On the Ginge Brook, a tributary of the Thames, at Home Farm. Part of the Lockinge Estate, the mill is older than it looks. Although there is no water supply, its corn-grinding machinery and interesting overshot waterwheel are restored. Open 2 - 5pm. Admission free.
Half a mile NE of village of Ascott under Wychwood, about 4 miles W of Charlbury. By the river Evenlode, a converted mill that has lost its water supply. The fine wooden waterwheel and wooden machinery on the ground floor are accessible. Stationary engines display, plant stall and refreshments. Open 12-5pm. Admission free. £1 car parking charge.
At W end of Chalgrove village, just off B480, 2 miles E of Stadhampton. An old mill, extended later, with waterwheel and most of its machinery. The waterwheel has just been restored and is now turning again. Open 2-5pm. Admission 50p, children 20p.
In the village of Charney Bassett, oposite the church, this corn mill was driven by the River Ock, although the water is now diverted. It was built about 1800 and is gradually being restored by the Vale of White Horse Industrial Archaeology Group. The iron machinery is complete and a secondhand waterwheel is being installed. Open 2-5pm. Contributions welcome.
On W side of village of Chinnor, 4.5 mies SE of Thame. A post mill being rebuilt. The main post is now on its frame, and the rest is taking shape, with some machinery stored on-site. Any support will be appreciated. Open 2-5pm. Contributions welcome.
About a mile W of Clanfield village, near Bampton. A corn mill that was rebuilt about 120 years ago on an older site beside a small tributary of the River Thames. All its machinery was removed except for the outside iron waterwheel, but this has just been repaired and will be turning. Open 10am-5pm. Admission free.
In the valley between Combe and Long Hanborough, about 3 miles SW of Woodstock, off the A4095. Sawmill and workshops for the Blenheim Estate, formerly driven by water and steam. Beam-engine and other engines in steam. Blacksmith at work. Open 10am-5pm. Admission £2, children £1.
On the A338 Oxford to Wantage road, one mile N of the village of East
Hanney. A corn mill of about 1800, built on an ancient site beside the
Childrey Brook, a tributary of the River Ock. An undershot waterwheel
drives millstones by mainly wooden machinery. The mill will be working,
grinding wholemeal flour, which is on sale. Open 10am-5pm. Admission
£1, childrem 50p.
Opposite the church in Mapledurham village, approximately 4 miles NW of
Reading. This ancient watermill is the last to work on the River Thames
and contains wooden machinery. The millstones are driven by a wooden
undershot waterwheel. The mill will be working with flour and bread on
sale. Open 1-5pm. Admission £4, children £2. (inc. 17th
century battle reenactment).
In Stadhampton village, a complete watermill in a lovely garden
setting on a tributary of the River Thame. Although no longer used, the
overshot waterwheel and wooden machinery will be turning. Open 12-5pm.
Contributions to Stadhampton church restoration.
Off Downs Road, Standlake, nearly opposite the church. The last mill on
the River Windrush in working order. The undershot waterwheel has been
repaired and powers the millstones. There was once a second waterwheel
here. The mill will be working, with wholemeal flour and bread on sale.
Other attractions. Refreshments. Open 10am-5pm. Admission £2, old
age pensioners £1.50, children £1.
Off the B4507, on SW side of the town. This is a converted mill in an
attractive garden with ponds fed by the Letcombe Brook. The mill has
lost its machinery but a large iron waterwheel will be turning. There
is also the frame of a second waterwheel. Organic vegetables for sale.
Refreshments. Open 12-5pm. Admission £1.
On the hill above Wheatley, just off the A40, 5 miles E of Oxford. An
18th century tower being restored by the Wheatley Windmill Society. The
wooden machinery is still in place but much work on this important mill
still remains to be done and support for the Society will be
appreciated. Open 10am-6pm. Admission free.
Standlake, Church Mill
Wantage, Ham Mill
Opposite the church in Mapledurham village, approximately 4 miles NW of Reading. This ancient watermill is the last to work on the River Thames and contains wooden machinery. The millstones are driven by a wooden undershot waterwheel. The mill will be working with flour and bread on sale. Open 1-5pm. Admission £4, children £2. (inc. 17th century battle reenactment).
In Stadhampton village, a complete watermill in a lovely garden setting on a tributary of the River Thame. Although no longer used, the overshot waterwheel and wooden machinery will be turning. Open 12-5pm. Contributions to Stadhampton church restoration.
Off Downs Road, Standlake, nearly opposite the church. The last mill on the River Windrush in working order. The undershot waterwheel has been repaired and powers the millstones. There was once a second waterwheel here. The mill will be working, with wholemeal flour and bread on sale. Other attractions. Refreshments. Open 10am-5pm. Admission £2, old age pensioners £1.50, children £1.
Off the B4507, on SW side of the town. This is a converted mill in an attractive garden with ponds fed by the Letcombe Brook. The mill has lost its machinery but a large iron waterwheel will be turning. There is also the frame of a second waterwheel. Organic vegetables for sale. Refreshments. Open 12-5pm. Admission £1.
On the hill above Wheatley, just off the A40, 5 miles E of Oxford. An 18th century tower being restored by the Wheatley Windmill Society. The wooden machinery is still in place but much work on this important mill still remains to be done and support for the Society will be appreciated. Open 10am-6pm. Admission free.
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