There has been a mill on this site since 1542, but the current building dates from the mid-18th Century. In the 1850s a steam engine was installed and a chimney built, which provides Sarehole Mill with its distinctive silhouette.
The mill has connections with Matthew Boulton, who leased Sarehole Mill between 1756 and 1761 and used it as a ‘flatting mill’, producing sheet metal used for button manufacturing.
Another famous connection is with the author JRR Tolkien, author of the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings trilogy. He lived across the road from the mill. Later in life he stated how the mill and rural surroundings inspired his writings of Middle-earth.
Sarehole Mill is home to the Millers Tea Room serving delicious lunches, including freshly baked treats from our onsite bakery. Whether you fancy a cappuccino and a slice of cake or a tasty homemade lunch, the Millers Tea Room is sure to fit the bill! You can also purchase freshly baked bread from our onsite shop.
You can visit the Millers Tearoom and our shop for FREE during site opening hours .
The mill has two waterwheels, one of which has until recently been operational and used to grind wheat. Sadly the waterwheel at Sarehole Mill is currently out of action and we are unable to operate the machinery due to flood damage at the site last the year. We are currently working to return the waterwheel to full working order. Keep an eye on our social media for updates, but in the meantime there are lots of fun events and activities to enjoy at the Mill throughout 2020, see our What's On page for details.