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A brief History

Parts of the present mill date from about 1720 when the mill would have been operated by a miller and one assistant.

An internal waterwheel powered the mill stones and produced coarse, wholemeal flour.

About 1830 the  mill was extended and a steam engine was installed, increasing output and allowing the mill to be used during periods of drought.

During the 1920s the steam engine was replaced by an oil engine which was housed in a new, lean-to extension.

After  WW2 the mill owner installed electrically operated grist mills, grinders and mixers.  These together with water driven stones produced animal feed which was supplied to local farmers.

In 1957 the waterwheel stopped turning and from then on the mill was used for grain storage.

In 1994 the mill was sold to Essex County Council and the restoration project began……..and continues.

The waterwheel which was rebuilt, and finally turned again in 2008, is an undershot wheel; fed by water passing below the axle centre of the wheel shaft, driving the upright shaft and the gearing which turned the millstones.

The history of watermills…….


Water mills on the Upper Colne....

The Colne-Stour Countryside Ass.

Researching the history of mills.....…

Links to further history of mills