List of watermills in the United Kingdom

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The use of water power in Britain was at its peak just before the Industrial Revolution. The need for power was great and steam power had not yet become established. It is estimated that at this time there were well in excess of ten thousand watermills in the country. Most of these were corn mills (to grind flour), but almost any industrial process needing motive power, beyond that available from the muscles of men or animals, used a water wheel, unless a windmill was preferred.

Today only a fraction of these mills survive. Many are used as private residences, or have been converted into offices or flats. A small number have been preserved or restored as museums where the public can see the mill in operation.

Kingsbury Watermill Museum, St Albans

This is a list of some of the surviving and demolished watermills and tide mills in the United Kingdom.

The Lesson of the Water Mill
 

Listen to the water mill
Through the livelong day;
How the clicking of the wheel
Wears the hours away.
Languidly the autumn wind
Stirs the withered leaves;
On the field the reapers sing
Binding up the sheaves;
And a proverb haunts my mind
And as a spell is cast,
"The mill will never grind
With the water that has passed."

 

Sarah Doudney,

England[edit]

Bedfordshire[edit]

Stotfold Mill, Bedfordshire

Berkshire[edit]

Chamberhouse Mill, Berkshire

Buckinghamshire[edit]

Hambleden Mill, Buckinghamshire

Cambridgeshire[edit]

Houghton Mill, Cambridgeshire

Cheshire[edit]

Quarry Bank Mill, Cheshire

Cornwall[edit]

Cotehele Mill, Cornwall

Cumbria[edit]

Stott Park Bobbin Mill, Cumbria

Derbyshire[edit]

Stainsby Mill, Derbyshire

Devon[edit]

Otterton mill, Devon

Dorset[edit]

Durham[edit]

Essex[edit]

Bourne Mill, Essex

Gloucestershire[edit]

Hampshire[edit]

Sadler's Mill, Hampshire

Hertfordshire[edit]

Redbournbury Mill, Hertfordshire

Isle of Wight[edit]

Kent[edit]

Bradley's Mill, Speldhurst, Kent

Lancashire[edit]

Leicestershire[edit]

Lincolnshire[edit]

London[edit]

Norfolk[edit]

Caley Mill aka Heacham Mill, Norfolk

Northamptonshire[edit]

  • Towcester Mill

Northumberland[edit]

Nottinghamshire[edit]

Oxfordshire[edit]

Mapledurham Watermill, Oxfordshire

Shropshire[edit]

Somerset[edit]

Staffordshire[edit]

Suffolk[edit]

Flatford Mill, Suffolk

Surrey[edit]

Shalford Mill, Surrey

East Sussex[edit]

West Sussex[edit]

Westhampnett Mill, West Sussex

Tyne and Wear[edit]

Warwickshire[edit]

Wellesbourne Water Mill, Warwickshire

West Midlands[edit]

Wiltshire[edit]

North Yorkshire[edit]

Gayle Mill, North Yorkshire

South Yorkshire[edit]

Worsbrough Mill, South Yorkshire

West Yorkshire[edit]

Armley Mills, Leeds, West Yorkshire

Worcestershire[edit]

Scotland[edit]

Aberdeenshire[edit]

Angus[edit]

Barry Mill, Angus

Dumfries and Galloway[edit]

East Ayrshire[edit]

Aiket Mill, East Ayrshire

East Lothian[edit]

East Renfrewshire[edit]

Lanarkshire[edit]

Moray[edit]

North Ayrshire[edit]

Dalgarven Mill, North Ayrshire
Giffen Mill, North Ayrshire

Orkney[edit]

Dounby Click Mill, Orkney

Perthshire[edit]

Renfrewshire[edit]

Meikle Millbank Mill, Renfrewshire

Shetland[edit]

South Ayrshire[edit]

Millmannoch Mill in the 18th century, South Ayrshire

Western Isles[edit]

Northern Ireland[edit]

County Down[edit]

County Fermanagh[edit]

County Tyrone[edit]

Wales[edit]

Anglesey[edit]

Cardigan[edit]

Y Felin, St Dogmaels, Cardigan

Carmarthenshire[edit]

Ceredigion[edit]

Denbighshire[edit]

Glamorgan[edit]

Gelligroes Mill, Glamorgan

Gwynedd[edit]

Pembrokeshire[edit]

Powys[edit]

Wrexham[edit]

Channel Islands[edit]

Guernsey[edit]

Jersey[edit]

Le Moulin de Quétivel, Jersey

Isle of Man[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Walk Mill Official Website
  2. ^ Gleaston Watermill Official Website
  3. ^ Heron Corn Mill Official Website
  4. ^ Little Salkeld Watermill Official Website
  5. ^ "Hembury Mill Cottages". Bridport Holiday Cottages. Retrieved 28 January 2018.
  6. ^ Daniels Mill Official Website
  7. ^ Arrow Millofficial website
  8. ^ Charlecote Mill official website
  9. ^ New Hall Mill official website
  10. ^ Sarehole MillOfficial Website Archived 2010-04-03 at the Wayback Machine
  11. ^ Gayle Mill official website
  12. ^ Canmore Scottish national database record
  13. ^ Preston Mill Official Website
  14. ^ Talgarth Mill Official Website

Further reading[edit]

  • Martin Watts: Watermills, Shire Publications Ltd, UK, 2006

External links[edit]