Experience the working watermill
Mill entrance: off The Town Mill courtyard
Milling tours: Daily, 11am to 4pm, subject to volunteer availability. Please call first if planning a special journey to avoid disappointment.
The Town Mill has delivered flour to the local community since at least the 1300s. The Miller's tour guides you through the three floors of the stone-built watermill and unfolds the art of flour making.
A miller's tale
One of our volunteers tells us about his milling shift: "I'm listening to the deep fluctuating rumble of the millstone and the metallic chatter of the damsel. The sound tells me all is well. On the stone floor I adjust the hopper shoe to slow the damsel's delivery and open the sluice gate a few turns to allow the water from the river Lym to produce more energy.
I keep everything at the right pitch. I'm watching the heavy water wheel slowly turning, its wooden buckets filling with water and delivering unending power. I can feel wood and stone vibrating. The smell of flour dust and grease edged with a hint of ozone from the rushing water tells me all is as it should be and I know I belong – to a line of millers stretching back almost a thousand years."