Tellisford Mill

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Tellisford Mill
Head race and building housing the micro hydro turbine, Tellisford Mill
Tellisford Mill is located in Somerset
Tellisford Mill
Location within Somerset
General information
Town or city Frome, Somerset
Country England
Coordinates 51°17′54″N 2°16′52″W / 51.2983°N 2.2811°W / 51.2983; -2.2811Coordinates: 51°17′54″N 2°16′52″W / 51.2983°N 2.2811°W / 51.2983; -2.2811
Construction started c. 11th century
Completed 2007 (restored)
Cost £135,000[1]

Tellisford Mill is a 55 kilowatts (74 hp) installed capacity micro hydro run-of-the-river power station on the site of a former watermill located in the village of Tellisford in the Mendip district of Somerset, England. The mill lies on the River Frome 6 miles (9.7 km) north-east of the town of Frome.

Old Francis turbine at Tellisford Mill

Part of the Mendip Power Group,[2] the mill was restored to power in April 2007 using a German made 55kW vertically mounted Kaplan turbine, which is expected to produce on average 270 kilowatt-hours (970 MJ) per year.[3][4] The turbine replaced a 6 kilowatts (8.0 hp) Francis turbine built in 1895.[2]

Tellisford Mill is also home to a photographic studio.


  1. ^ "Tellisford Mill 1066 to 2009" (PDF). Bath University. Retrieved 7 October 2012. 
  2. ^ a b Anthony Battersby & Rachel Feilden (2009). "Tellisford Mill 1066 to 2009: From Corn to Kilowatts" (PDF). Retrieved 3 June 2012. 
  3. ^ "Tellisford Mill's 55kW hydro plant lights up the community". Centre for Renewable Energy. 1 May 2007. Retrieved 3 June 2012. 
  4. ^ "Environment Agency Application". The London Gazette. 12 January 2005. Retrieved 3 June 2012. 

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