Middle Mill

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Middle Mill

Middle Mill (Welsh: Felinganol) is a small settlement on the River Solva in the parish of Whitchurch, Pembrokeshire, Wales, approximately 1 mile upstream from the coastal village of Solva.

Buildings and amenities[edit]

The settlement is centred on the "much restored" water mill with its iron overshot millwheel.[1] A mill in this location appears on a 1760 map, though the current mill dates to 1781. It is Grade II listed.[1]

Roadbridge over the River Solva at Middle Mill - geograph.org.uk - 1517613.jpg

A three-arch stone road bridge crosses the river nearby, also Grade II listed and possibly dating back to the late 18th-century (one of its arches is over the mill leat).[2]

There is also a Baptist chapel, originating in the 18th-century, though the existing building dates from 1833.[3]

A commercial woollen mill is in operation in buildings behind the water mill, producing woven goods but currently specialising in making stair carpets.[4] It made a carpet for the Carmarthenshire residence of Charles, Prince of Wales.[4] Now called Solva Woollen Mill, it was originally opened in January 1907 and claims to be the oldest working woollen mill in Pembrokeshire.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "The Corn Mill, Felinganol/Middle Mill, Solva". British Listed Buildings. Retrieved 6 January 2014.
  2. ^ "Middle Mill Bridge, Felinganol/Middle Mill". British Listed Buildings. Retrieved 6 January 2014.
  3. ^ Lloyd, Thomas; Orbach, Julian; Scourfield, Robert (2004), Buildings of Wales: Pembrokeshire, Yale University Press, p. 286, ISBN 0-300-10178-3
  4. ^ a b Coleman-Phillips, Ceri (29 October 2014). "Woollen mills weave their way to success". Western Telegraph. Retrieved 6 January 2014.
  5. ^ "Welcome to Solva Woollen Mill". Solva Woollen Mill. Retrieved 6 January 2014.

Coordinates: 51°53′N 5°11′W / 51.883°N 5.183°W / 51.883; -5.183