National Mills Open Weekend 2022

HEREFORDSHIRE & NEIGHBOURING COUNTIES

SAT. 7th and SUN. 8th MAY, 2022

This year 24 mills hope to be open to the public in this area;
12 in Herefordshire, 5 in Shropshire, 4 in Worcestershire and 3 in Powys.

PLEASE RESPECT THE OPENING TIMES

This list is compiled by the Midland Mills Group, in good faith on the information supplied to them,
but the Group can accept no liability for its accuracy.

INFORMATION ON MILLS IN OTHER PARTS OF THE MIDLAND REGION CAN BE FOUND ON THE ‘MILLS OPEN’ PAGE.

HEREFORDSHIRE – OPEN ON SATURDAY 7th MAY 2022 ONLY

Pontynys Mill, Longtown HR2 0LU . NGR.: SO326288
10.00-4.00pm. Donations to charity. Limited parking. 400 yards N of Crown Inn, Longtown, entrance on left immediately after the turn to Ewyas Harold. Extra parking on road near the bridge. A complete corn mill with large high-breast waterwheel and interesting iron machinery with an unusual horizontal shaft driving 4 pairs of stones.

Clenchers Mill, Eastnor HR8 1RR . NGR.: SO731351
11.00-12.00 noon. (possibly to 3.00pm) Free entry. Limited parking at ford, 100 yards away. 1½ miles S of Eastnor church, down Clenchers Mill Lane. 18th century timber-framed mill on 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 and a recently restored bolter. A second-hand Armfield grain cleaner has been re-assembled.
Water supply permitting, the mill will be working at 11.00-12.00 noon.

Fair Oak Farm, Bacton HR2 0AT . NGR.: SO354321
2.00-6.00pm. Donations to the Laurie Engel Fund for Teenage Cancer Trust. Parking. From Bacton church continue uphill for about a mile. At the T-junction the drive to the farm is straight ahead. Traditional 17th-century horse-drawn cider mill and press, still in original setting in barn, fully restored. For the last six years the mill has again been worked by a horse, after a gap of a hundred years – the only one now operating commercially in the UK. There is also a Victorian apple scratter driven by a 1942 petrol engine. The cider makers will be racking Fair Oak cider made last autumn, which will be available for tasting, and mature cider will be available to buy.

Olchon House Mill, Llanveynoe, nr. Longtown HR2 0NS . NGR.: SO307299
11.00-5.00pm. 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.
The mill will be grinding corn at intervals during the afternoon.

Pontynys Mill, Longtown HR2 0LU . NGR.: SO326288
10.00-4.00pm. Donations (to charity). 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, interesting iron machinery with horizontal shaft.

HEREFORDSHIRE – OPEN ON SATURDAY & SUNDAY 7th & 8th MAY 2022

Clodock Mill near Longtown HR2 0PD . NGR.: SO326273
Sat.. 2.00 – 5.00pm; Sun. 2.00-5.00pm Donations (to Air Ambulance). Parking. Light refreshments available. 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, and mill will be grinding during the weekend.

Court of Noke Mill, nr. Staunton on Arrow HR6 9HW . NGR.: SO372595
10.00.-4.00pm This year the Spring Greens Environmental Fair (see https://springgreens.org.uk) is being held that weekend at Court of Noke, so there will be a charge of around £5 for parking, but free access to the fair (where refreshments will be available). Water gardens fed the waterwheel, now restored, 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 will be turning.

Mordiford Mill HR14LW . NGR.: SO572372
10.00–4.00pm. Free entry. Donations welcome (to 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.
Waterwheel completed, machinery under restoration.

HEREFORDSHIRE – OPEN ON SUNDAY 8th MAY 2022 ONLY

Rowlestone Mill, near Ewyas Harold HR2 0DP . NGR.: SO370270
2.00-6.00pm Donations. Parking at village hall (by church) or in field near mill (weather permitting). Dramatic leat to mill from waterfall.”Bring your own picnic” The external overshot waterwheel will be turning, driving a Victorian apple scratter (the alternative to the horse-worked cider mill).

Waterworks Museum, Hereford HR4 0LJ . NGR.: SO496393
11.00-4.00pm Entry £7, Seniors £6, Under 16s free, students £2. 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. Exhibits include 1920s wind-pump from Bridge Sollars, 1890 turbine-driven pump from Warwicks., 1907 waterwheel from Carmarthenshire, tiny 1912 Pelton wheel from Ross, 1880 turbine from Dorset, 1937 turbine from Kington and Heritage Water Park for Children, with small waterwheel driving dynamo.
Some steam engines, waterwheels and pumps will be working.

The Clover Mill Spa Retreat, Cradley (Archer’s Mill/Beanhouse Mill) WR13 5NR . NGR.: SO732488
10.00-5.00pm. 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 with a ‘Clover Mill’ sign. Late 19th cent corn mill, complete with waterwheel & 3 pairs of stones. Older generation of mill alongside is now a house. Impressive building with machinery and turning waterwheel (water level permitting).

Arrow Mill, Kingsland HR6 9AT . NGR.: SO437587
12.00-3.00pm. 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 if repairs can be done in time. 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, an old flour dresser, and an internal hop kiln.
A very special mill – the waterwheel may be turning.

SHROPSHIRE – OPEN ON SATURDAY & SUNDAY 7th & 8th MAY 2022

The Mill on the Green, Ludlow SY8 1EG . NGR.: SO507745
Sat. 9.00-4.00pm, Sun. 9.00-4.00pm Free entry. Café. By Dinham Bridge, on E side of river Teme below Ludlow Castle. Much altered former mill building housing café and restaurant.
Attractive site by very impressive weir. Modern waterwheel generating electricity.

Daniel’s Mill, Bridgnorth WV16 5JL . NGR.: SO718918
10.00-4.00pm Admission charge: adults £5, concessions £4, family ticket £12. Off the B4555, ¾ mile S of Bridgnorth. 3 pairs of millstones, powered by very large waterwheel fed by water at 2 levels. In dramatic setting by Severn Valley Railway viaduct. Flour, gfts etc. on sale. Cafe.

Down Mill, Eudon WV16 6AL . NGR.: SO682898
10.00-4.00pm Free entry. From the B4364 Bridgnorth to Ludlow road take the minor road towards Eudon George. The track to the mill is 200yds. on right. Former corn mill with machinery for two pairs stones but no waterwheel. Restoration ongoing.

SHROPSHIRE – OPEN ON SUNDAY 8th MAY ONLY 2022

Wrickton Mill, Neenton WV16 6RS . NGR,: SO642858
11.00-4.00 Free entry. From B4364 at Neenton, take the minor road to Wrickton. Turn right at the end of the lane and the track to the mill is 100yd on the right. Corn mill with three pairs of stones and overshot waterwheel.

Charlcotte Furnace, Neenton WV16 6RR . NGR.: SO639861
11.00-4.00pm Free entry. From B4364 at Neenton, take the minor road towards Wrickton. Just past a pair of cottages turn right onto a farm track. Charcoal-fired blast furnace constructed c1700 with blast provided by a waterwheel. An important survival recently refurbished by English Heritage.

WORCESTERSHIRE – OPEN ON SATURDAY & SUNDAY 7th & 8th MAY 2022

Danzey Green Windmill, Avoncroft Museum B60 4JR . NGR.SO952682
10.00-5.00pm Charges – gives access to the whole museum, adults £11, seniors £9.00, children £6.00 (under 5 yrs free), family £32.50. Parking. 2 miles S of Bromsgrove; follow signs to museum. A 19th century post windmill restored to working order. Tours of windmill, restored 19th century upright Lister Mill, tea room with light lunches available.

Knowles Mill, nr. Bewdley DY12 2LX . NGR.: SO762765
Open all day. Free entry. Parking at foot of Dry Mill Lane, Bewdley, then ¾mile walk upstream alongside Dowles Brook. Corn mill with main gearing and one pair of stones plus frames of an overshot waterwheel.

Brook House, Feckenham B96 6HX . NGR.: SP005614
11.00-3.00 pm. Free entry. Very limited parking on adjacent bridleway. The house is beside the B4090 west of village centre. Waterwheel installed in the pit of a demolished needle mill in 2015.

WORCESTERSHIRE – OPEN ON SUNDAY 8th MAY 2022 ONLY

Churchill Forge, between Kidderminster & Hagley DY10 3LX . NGR.:SO883796
2.00-5.00pm Entry £5, children under 14 free. Limited parking. At Churchill village, down a short private drive. Water-powered spade and shovel works with original machinery. Two waterwheels will be turning, driving line shafting and the press in the main workshop and the crocodile shears in the yard.

POWYS – OPEN ON SATURDAY 7TH MAY 2022 ONLY

Coed Trewernau Mill, nr Crossgates LD1 6PG . NGR.: SO081676
2.00-4.30pm Free entry. Limited parking at the roadside or by the mill. From A483 take minor road towards Abbeycwmhir 1¼ miles N of Crossgates. Mill is on the left after ¾ mile down steep track. Very small rural corn mill with wooden machinery but no waterwheel. An important survival. Refreshments (tea, coffee, squash).

Pontysgawrhyd Mill, nr Meifod SY22 6XT . NGR.: SJ194155
10.00-4.00pm. Free entry. Off the A490, north of Welshpool. After crossing the River Vyrnwy, the drive to the mill is on the left. Surviving half of a very interesting early 19th century double corn mill complete with a waterwheel and machinery for two pairs of stones. Restoration ongoing.

POWYS – OPEN ON SATURDAY & SUNDAY 7th & 8th MAY 2022

Talgarth Mill LD3 0BW . NGR.: SO155537
10.00-4.00pm. Admission charge. Park in the free car park on SW side of village, then only a short walk to the village centre and mill. A restored working corn mill with two pairs of stones driven by an overshot waterwheel. Guided tours and riverside walk. Flour sales, gift shop and café.