The Working Mill

Unfortunately the waterwheel at Sarehole Mill is currently out of action, as we are unable to operate the machinery due to flood damage at the site earlier in the year. The hot summer weather and lack of rain has also had an effect.

We are working to get the waterwheel back up and running as soon as possible so the mill can start grinding again. Once that has happened, the original main waterwheel, mill gears and grinding stones will be seen in action on milling days.

The oldest part of the Mill dates from 1765. The chimney was built in 1855 when the steam engine was put in. As the pond was struggling to keep up with the needs of the two water wheels by the 1850s, the owner raised money to put in a steam engine to cope with the increased demand for power.

Take a look inside the bakehouse with the original breadoven from the 1850s, large enough to hold 60 loaves of bread.

Sarehole has been used not only for corn grinding but also for metal trades such as sharpening tools, wire drawing and metal rolling.