National Mills Weekend 14th -15th May

Details of this annual event.

NATIONAL MILLS WEEKEND

 

HEREFORDSHIRE & NEIGHBOURING COUNTIES

SAT. 14th and SUN. 15th MAY, 2016

 

This year 6 mills will be grinding corn in this area, 2 in Herefordshire, 2 in Worcestershire, 1 in Shropshire & 1 in Powys.

16 waterwheels will be turning.

 

HEREFORDSHIRE              OPEN ON SATURDAY ONLY:

Pontynys Mill, Longtown                                        HR2 0LU        NGR.:SO326288

10.00-4.30 Donations (to British Heart Foundation). Limited parking. 400 yards N of Crown Inn, Longtown, 1st turn left off road to Ewyas Harold; entrance on left. Extra parking on road near the bridge. A complete corn mill with large high-breast waterwheel and 4 pairs of stones, iron machinery with horizontal shaft.

Clenchers Mill, Eastnor                                          HR8 1RR        NGR.:SO731351

10.30-12.30 Free entry. Limited parking at ford, 100 yards away. 1½ miles S of Eastnor church, down Clenchers Mill Lane. 18th century timber-framed mill of Eastnor Castle Estate with restored water supply and working 1820 iron overshot waterwheel – one of the oldest in the county. Machinery of wood & iron drives a pair of millstones. The mill will be working at 11.00-11.45.

Rowlestone Mill, near Ewyas Harold                     HR2 0DP        NGR.:SO370270

10.00-6.00 Donations. Parking at village hall (by church) or in field near mill (weather permitting). Refreshments. The external overshot waterwheel will be turning, driving a Victorian apple scratter. Dramatic leat to mill from waterfall.

Home Farm, Dulas                                                   HR2 0HJ         NGR.:SO377294

2.00-5.00 Donations. Parking. ¾ mile NW of Ewyas Harold, on road to Longtown. A complete farm waterwheel, with drive to barn machinery and millstones, dating from the 1860s. A rare survival.

Fair Oak Farm, Bacton                                            HR2 0AT        NGR.:SO354321

2.00-6.00 Donations (to The Laurie Engel Fund for Birmingham Children’s Hospital) Limited parking. From Bacton church continue up hill for about a mile. At the T-junction the drive to the farm is straight ahead. Traditional horse-worked cider mill and press, still in original setting in barn, recently fully restored  to working condition. In the autumn of 2014 and 2015 the mill was again worked by a horse, after a gap of a hundred years. The cider makers will be racking Fair Oak cider made last year, which will be available for tasting, and mature cider will be available to buy.       

HEREFORDSHIRE              OPEN ON SUNDAY ONLY:

Arrow Mill, Kingsland                                             HR6 9AT        NGR.:SO437587

10.00-3.00 Free entry. Parking. At Arrow Green, 1½ miles S of Kingsland; entrance on W side of A4110 road, just N of bridge over River Arrow. A large 17th century building with a low breast-shot waterwheel – which will be turning. 19th cent. machinery, mostly of iron, and 3 pairs of stones. Special features are a machine for beating out clover seeds, and the drive to it, the original beaten-earth ground floor, old flour dresser, and an internal hop kiln. A very special mill – the waterwheel will be turning.

Hergest Mill, Kington                                             HR5 3EL         NGR.:SO288561

10.00-6.00 Free entry. Limited parking. ½ mile down Hergest Road from Kington church. 18th cent. building on ancient site with some later iron machinery to 4 pairs of stones. The two overshot wheels, the water supply, and the ancillary machines have all gone. Two sets of impressive machinery.

Olchon House Farm Mill, Llanveynoe, nr. Longtown HR2 0NT NGR.:SO307299

11.00-5.00 Donations (to Llanveynoe church) Parking. Tea available. Take the Craswall road from Longtown and turn left into the Olchon valley. After crossing the Olchon Brook, turn right. The mill is the first building on the right. Farm mill with overshot waterwheel and ring gear for millstones and barn machinery. Recently restored, mill will be grinding corn at intervals during the afternoon.

The Corn Mill, Michaelchurch Escley                   HR2 0JS        NGR.:SO315345

12.00-5.00. Donations (Save the Children). Limited parking. ¼ mile NW of Michaelchurch Escley church; where the Vowchurch road crosses the Escley Brook. A house conversion, but the main, mostly iron, machinery on the ground floor has been restored. The interior iron overshot waterwheel will be turning.

Crowards Mill, Eyton                                               HR6 0AD       NGR.:SO487604

2.00-5.00 Donations. Limited parking outside property. From Leominster take B4361 road towards Ludlow. Within ¾ mile turn left towards Eyton. Crowards Mill is the 1st building on left. Take track on left before mill. Park neatly along side of track. Converted mill with outside waterwheel; attractive garden. Accompanied access to internal machinery by request.

Yarpole Mill                                                              HR6 0BB         NGR.:SO470649

2.00-5.00 Free entry. Limited parking. In Yarpole village, NE of church, access via drive to Church House. Wellington boots required for crossing stream. Disused corn mill, stripped of waterwheel and much of machinery but otherwise unaltered. Impressive earthworks of former millpond and some 18th century gear in mill.

Archer’s Mill (Beanhouse Mill), now The Clover Mill Spa Retreat, Cradley WR13 5NR     NGR.:SO732488

2.00-6.00 Free entry. Parking. Refreshments & cakes available. Take the northward turning of the A4103 (Hereford-Worcester road), half a mile E of Stony Cross. After half a mile bear left, cross the stream, and turn left again along a track to the mill.

Late 19th cent corn mill, complete with waterwheel & 3 pairs of stones. Older generation of mill alongside is now house. Impressive building with waterwheel & machinery.

Newchurch Mill, Kinnersley                                  HR3 6QQ        NGR.:SO353506 3.00 Guided walk across fields from Newchurch Farm by owner (approx. 500yds. each way). Free entry. Parking. From Kinnersley take the A4112 road towards Leominster for 1 mile. Turn left towards Logaston and Woonton and the yard of Newchurch Farm is within ½ mile on the right hand side. Ruins of mill with millstones and fine early Kington-made overshot waterwheel formerly fed by large pond. Guided walk at 3.00pm. only.

HEREFORDSHIRE              OPEN ON SATURDAY & SUNDAY:

Court of Noke Mill, nr. Staunton on Arrow        HR6 9HW       NGR.:SO372595

10.00.-4.00 Donations (Staunton church). Parking. N side of road, halfway between Shobdon and Lyonshall. Turn into lane on W side of house. Large car park within 50 yards on r.h.s. Visitors may also walk round the water gardens. These fed the waterwheel, which ground corn for prize Hereford cattle. The 19th century low breast-shot waterwheel and complex iron gear drove barn machinery and a pair of millstones. The waterwheel is being restored.

Staunton Mill, Staunton on Arrow                                    HR6 9HR       NGR.:SO369599

10.00-5.00 Donations (Staunton church repairs). Limited parking. Down hill from church. Once part of scheme of corn milling & irrigation. 18th century mill with mostly iron machinery. Two overshot waterwheels, each drove two pairs of stones. A fine mill with two sets of interesting machinery.

Mordiford Mill                                                          HR1 4LW       NGR.:SO572372

10.00–5.00 Free entry (Donations welcome towards restoration). Parking at rear. Do not park in yard in front of mill. Access is off B4224, 100 yards S of mill, on S side of Mordiford village. A tall stone corn mill on a steep site. The large overshot waterwheel drove iron machinery & 2 pairs of stones. Being restored to working condition. At present, no water supply; waterwheel under restoration.

Clodock Mill, near Longtown                                 HR2 0PD        NGR.:SO326273

Sat. 10.30-5.00; Sun. 2.00-5.00 Donations (Air Ambulance). Parking. Snacks available on Sat. & tea/coffee on Sun. Entrance by W side of bridge over River Monnow near Clodock church. Corn mill in lovely situation with mostly iron machinery; two pairs of stones. Nearby is a separate turbine, formerly generating electricity. . The large breast-shot waterwheel has been repaired recently, and mill will be grinding during the weekend.

SHROPSHIRE                      OPEN ON SUNDAY ONLY:

Rockhill Mill Greete                                                           SY8 3BT         NGR.:SO571721

10.00-4.00 Donations. Parking. 5 miles SE of Ludlow. Mill is on minor road, ½ mile SW of Whitton and 2 miles SE of Caynham. In the same family ownership since 1640, a restoration challenge of an empty corn mill building being brought back to full working condition. A second-hand waterwheel from Wales has been installed. The waterwheel will be turning.

Charlcotte Iron Furnace, Neenton                         WV16 6RR     NGR.:SO639861

11.00-4.00   Free entry. Limited parking. Down farm track, 1 mile S of Neenton. Early 18th century charcoal-fired blast furnace, originally powered by waterwheel. An amazing survival.

Wrickton Mill, Neenton                                          WV16 6RS      NGR.:SO642858

11.00-4.00 Free entry. Limited parking. Off short lane, 1½ miles S of Neenton. Fully restored complete corn mill with 3 pairs of stones. The waterwheel will be turning.

Clun Youth Hostel, Clun                                        SY7 8NY         NGR.:SO304813

2.00-5.00 Donations. Limited parking. Follow signs in Clun to Youth Hostel, which is on lane to NE of village. Formerly a corn mill, it retains its machinery. 3 sets of millstones, a drying kiln and a rare and early turbine in a deep pit. Afternoon teas available.

SHROPSHIRE                      OPEN ON SATURDAY & SUNDAY:

The Mill on the Green, Ludlow                              SY8 1EG         NGR.:SO507745

10.00-4.00 Free entry. Café. By Dinham Bridge, on E side of river below Ludlow Castle. New building incorporating café on site of former mill. Impressive weir. New waterwheel generating electricity.

Daniel’s Mill, Bridgnorth                                       WV16 5JL       NGR.:SO718918

11.00-5.00 Charges: adults £5, concession & children £4. Parking. Off the B4555, ¾ mile S of Bridgnorth. 3 sets of millstones, powered by very large waterwheel fed by water at 2 levels. In dramatic setting by Severn Valley Railway viaduct. Refreshments available, flour etc. on sale. This is a working mill.

 

WORCESTERSHIRE            OPEN ON SUNDAY ONLY:         

Birchley Mill, Bockleton                                         WR15 8PW     NGR.:SO590644

10.00-4.00 Free entry. Parking. 2½ miles S. of Tenbury Wells. Just over a mile S of Tenbury Wells, at Oldwood Common on the A4112 Tenbury to Leominster road, turn left onto a minor road, and immediately take the left-hand fork. In 1½ miles, just after crossing a stream, the drive to the mill is on the right. Corn mill; complete with wooden and iron machinery. Recently restored waterwheel will be turning.

Churchill Forge, between Kidderminster & Hagley DY10 3LX            NGR.:SO883796

2.00-5.00 Entry £4. Limited parking. At Churchill village, down a short private drive. Water-powered spade and shovel works with original machinery. Two waterwheels will hopefully be turning.

WORCESTERSHIRE       OPEN ON SATURDAY & SUNDAY:

Danzey Green Windmill, Avoncroft Museum     B60 4JR          NGR.:SO952682
10.30-5.00 Charges: adults £8.80, seniors £7.70, children £4.50, family £25. Parking.

2 miles S of Bromsgrove; follow signs to museum. A post windmill restored to working order. Hopefully milling on both days (subject to conditions on day). Tea room; light lunches available.

Shelsley Mill, Shelsley Walsh                               WR6 6RP        NGR.:SO721630

11.00-4.00 Donations. Parking. Follow brown signs for Shelsley Walsh Hill-climb. Small corn mill with two pairs of stones, restored to working condition recently. External overshot waterwheel turning all day. Hopefully milling from 2.00-4.00 on both days (subject to conditions on day).

Forge Mill, Redditch                                                            B98 8HY         NGR.:SP046685

11.00-4.00 Charges: adults £2, children free. Off A441 Birmingham to Evesham road, N of Redditch. Follow brown signs off Sainsbury’s roundabout. Restored water-powered needle scouring & polishing mill. Specially reduced admission charges for the Weekend. A fascinating place; waterwheel will be turning machinery.

Knowles Mill, nr. Bewdley                                      DY12 2LX      NGR.:SO762765

Open all day. Free entry. Parking at Natural England car park near foot of Dry Mill Lane, Bewdley. From car park continue to bottom of lane, then turn left and follow track upstream by brook for ¾ mile. Small corn mill with wheel and machinery; 1 pair of stones. Mill in attractive setting, owned by National Trust.

Brook House, Feckenham                                       B96 6HX        NGR.:SP005614

Available all day. Free access via side gate. Very limited parking on adjacent bridle path. The house is beside the B4090 about 400m W of the turn into Feckenham village. External waterwheel in wheel-pit of demolished needle mill. Waterwheel completed in 2015 will be turning.

POWYS                     OPEN ON SATURDAY & SUNDAY:

Talgarth Mill                                                                        LD3 0BW       NGR.:SO155537

10.00-4.00 Entry £4, children £1, family £9. Please use free car park near roundabout on SW side of Talgarth. Short walk to mill, which is in Square, in town centre. Corn mill, recently restored to working condition as BBC & Big Lottery project. Guided tours with a short walk along the mill leat and riverbank to view the overshot water wheel. Flour on sale. Café, bakery and gift shop on site. Milling at 10:00-12:00 and 2:00-4:00 (water levels permitting).

 

NATIONAL MILLS WEEKEND WILL BE MAY 13th & 14th IN 2017

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