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Written by Alan Stoyel   
Friday, 12 April 2013 11:25

National Mills Weekend in Herefordshire and beyond - Sat. 11th and Sun. 12th May, 2013

Herefordshire - Open on Saturday only:

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. Retains most machinery, some of it wooden, and a pair of millstones. The 1820 iron overshot waterwheel is one of oldest in the county. Water supply and machinery being restored – planned to be working for this event: to check see www.eastnorcastle.com James Hervey-Bathurst Blog during previous week.


Pontynys Mill, Longtown                HR2 0LU    NGR.:SO326288
10.00-5.00 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. A complete corn mill with large high-breast waterwheel and iron machinery to 4 pairs of stones via a horizontal shaft.


Rowlestone Mill, near Ewyas Harold        HR2 0DP    NGR.:SO370270
10.00-6.00 Donations. Parking at village hall (by church). No parking at mill. Teas & cakes. Mill entrance is ¼ mile down hill to W (towards Walterstone from Rowlestone church). A corn mill in a steep wooded valley which lost most of its machinery after the war. Its external overshot waterwheel will be turning. Dramatic leat to mill from waterfall.


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.


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, and the interior iron overshot waterwheel will be turning.


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) Limited parking. From Bacton church continue up the hill for about a mile. At the T-junction go straight over into the drive to the farm. Traditional cider mill, formerly worked by a pony. Mill and press, still in original setting in barn, recently fully restored  to working condition.


Ty Glyn, Cusop Dingle, Hay on Wye        HR3 5RF    NGR.:SO235415
11.00-3.00 Free entry, donations welcome (to Hay & District Community Support). Parking. Take B4348 towards Dorstone from centre of Hay on Wye. At edge of town turn right into Cusop Dingle, keep straight on and Ty Glyn is on right in ½ mile. Newly-built hydro-installation with cross-flow turbine generating electricity in attractive surroundings. Nearby is fine 19th cent. stone weir formerly supplying water power to Hay-on-Wye.


Herefordshire- Open 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.


Mortimer’s Cross Mill, Lucton            HR6 9PE          NGR.:SO426637
10.00-4.00 Entry £5, concessions £4, children £3. (Free to English Heritage members) Parking. Tea and coffee. Mortimer’s Cross is on A4110, 1 mile S of Aymestrey, and mill is on N side of B4362 to Ludlow, just E of road junction. Corn mill with remarkably complete waterwheel, machinery & equipment. Paper mill site alongside. Footpath along leat to weir. Waterwheel will be turning all day. Grinding corn from 3.00 to 4.00 only.


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.


Waterworks Museum, Hereford            HR4 0LJ    NGR.:SO496393
1.00-4.00 Entry £5, Seniors £4, Children £1. Parking. Café. S side of Broomy Hill, on W side of Hereford. (Follow brown signs from Barton Road, off N end of Greyfriars Bridge) Water pumping station. Engines in steam. Exhibits include 1920s wind-pump from Bridge Sollers, 1890 turbine-driven pump from Warwicks., 1907 waterwheel from Carmarthenshire, tiny 1912 Pelton wheel from Ross, 1880 turbine from Dorset and 1937 turbine from Kington.


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.


Newchurch Mill, Kinnersley            HR3 6QQ                 NGR.:SO353506 Guided walk across fields from Newchurch Farm by owner at 3.00pm. only (approx. 500 yds. 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. A rare opportunity.


Herefordshire - Open Saturday and Sunday
Arrow Mill, Kington                    HR5 3DU    NGR.:SO298564
10.00-2.00 Donation of £2 per person (MacMillan Cancer Support). Parking. Access limited to ground floor and leat. In town of Kington, just off Bridge Street. A large corn mill  formerly powered by turbine. Turbine restored and now generating electricity.


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 is within 50 yards on r.h.s. Visitors may also walk round the water gardens. These fed the waterwheel, which ground feed for prize Hereford cattle. The 19th century low breast-shot waterwheel and complex iron gear drove barn machinery and a pair of millstones.


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, no water supply at present.


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. The large breast-shot waterwheel has been repaired recently, and it is hoped mill will be grinding during the weekend. Nearby is a separate turbine, formerly generating electricity.


SHROPSHIRE        OPEN ON SATURDAY ONLY:
Ashford Mill, Ashford Carbonell, near Ludlow     SY8 4BT     NGR.:SO521710
1.00-5.00 Donations. Parking. No access to upper floors of mill. Mill alongside weir across River Teme, E of  bridge linking A49 road with Ashford Carbonell village. Complete corn mill with external waterwheel and two pairs of stones, also internal turbine to saw timber and generate electricity.


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. The project is still at a fairly early stage, but a second-hand waterwheel from Wales is already being installed.


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.


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. Waterwheel will be turning.


Cleobury Mill, Cleobury North            WV16 6RP    NGR.:SO626872
11.00-4.00 Free entry. Limited parking. Take B4364 towards Bridgnorth from Cleobury North and the first track to the right leads to Mill Farm. Follow signs to mill. An ancient corn mill with some fine 18th cent. wooden gear. Frame of waterwheel.


Brockton Mill, near Bishop’s Castle        SY7 8BA    NGR.:SO326859
2.00-5.00 Free entry. Limited parking. Mill is at W end of Brockton village, off B4385, halfway between Bishop’s Castle & Lydbury North. Rural corn mill with iron machinery & 3 pairs of stones; lacks waterwheel & water supply.


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. New waterwheel generating electricity. Impressive weir.


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. Working mill with 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.


Clun Youth Hostel, Clun                SY7 8NY     NGR.:SO304813
12.00-4.00 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, including a rare and early turbine in a deep pit, 3 sets of millstones and a drying kiln.


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.


WORCESTERSHIRE        OPEN ON SATURDAY & SUNDAY:
Shelsley Mill, Shelsley Walsh            WR6 6RP    NGR.:SO721630
10.00-4.00 Donations. Parking.
In village; follow signs to church. 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 Sunday only (subject to conditions on day).


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.


POWYS            OPEN ON SATURDAY & SUNDAY:
Talgarth Mill, Talgarth                LD3 0BW    NGR.:SO155537  
10.00-4.00 Entry £3.50, children £1, family £8. 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 as BBC & Big Lottery project, and now milling again after almost 70 years. Guided tours with short walk along mill leat and riverbank to view overshot water wheel.  Milling at 10:00-12:00 and 2:00-4:00. Flour on sale. Rural craft demonstrations. Café, bakery and gift shop on site.


For further details please see www.nationalmillsweekend.co.uk or contact Alan Stoyel (01544-230235).