Worsbrough Mill

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Worsbrough Mill, also known as Worsbrough Corn Mill and Worsbrough Mill Farm is a complex of buildings including a Seventeenth Century water powered mill and a Nineteenth Century steam-powered mill in Worsbrough, Barnsley, England. The mill is open to the public and takes its water from the River Dove, but is hydraulically separate from Worsbrough Reservoir.

Worsbrough Mill on a bright day. The new mill is visible on the right, and the old mill abuts the new mill on the left.  Both buildings are made from the same brown stone, and have the same stone roof; the new mill is higher.  The new mill has three floors, and a total of 8 windows, one of which is a bottle window facing forward on the right, and one of which overlooks the old mill, facing left.  The remaining six windows, facing forward, are arranged as follows.  Ground floor: two adjacent windows.  First floor: two adjacent windows, directly above the lower ones.  Second floor: one window above the leftmost of the pair below, and one to the right of the rightmost window below.  Directly above the rightmost window on the second floor is a false window that is apparently bricked in.  The Old Mill has two windows visible and these are small and barred.  Doors:  there are three visible doors, one double door to the old mill, and two (one above the other) to the new mill, to the left of the bottle window.  All doors are painted a dull green.  There are two sloping stone structures in the foreground, about three feet high, to facilitate loading flour on to a wagon
Worsbrough Mill in 2005

Note that "Worsbrough" refers to an area that includes today's Worsbrough Bridge, Worsbrough Dale, and Worsbrough Common.

Worsbrough Mill Country Park[edit]

Worsbrough Mill is located in the 240-acre Worsbrough Country Park,[1] about 2 miles south of Barnsley on the A61, close to the M1 motorway.[2] It includes the 60-acre Worsbrough Reservoir, which was built for the opening of the Dearne and Dove Canal in 1804.[3]

The park includes footpaths and cyclepaths that meander through Willow Carr and around the circumference of the reservoir. Fishing is available in the upper pond and canal basin.


A Worsbrough Mill was recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086 and the first Curator, [Rob Shorland-Ball – 1975 to 1979] researched the history and states that a "tenuous but continuous documentary record can be traced from then to 1625 which is the likely date for the building of the existing Old Mill. Whether the pre-1625 mill(s) were on the same site is not known. However, a mill was a very important part of the feudal pattern of life and settlement and thus tended to remain on the same site if that site was a satisfactory one".


The oldest building (the Old Mill) is a two-storey watermill with massive lintels over the doors; it is operational and mills a small amount of grain. There is some doubt over the date of construction; there are no dates on or in the buildings (with one exception) but 1625 has been stated (by Shorland-Ball) to be "acceptably representative".

The New Mill was originally steam-driven and contained a Watt-type beam engine which was scrapped in 1922. During the restoration of the Mill buildings in the 1960s and early 1970s a 1911 model Hornsby hot bulb oil engine originally from Sykehouse Windmill was installed by Geoff Hatfield (Millwright). The engine still functions, but is not linked to the millstones in the New Mill. The building is known to have been completed 1843 but was not present on a detailed map of 1840.


  • Hadfield, Charles (1973). The Canals of Yorkshire and North East England (Vol 2). David and Charles. ISBN 0-7153-5975-4. 
  1. ^ "Country Park". Worsbrough Mill. Retrieved 20 March 2015. 
  2. ^ "Worsbrough Reservoir Phototrail". Photo Trails. Retrieved 20 March 2015. 
  3. ^ Hadfield 1973, pp. 283–285

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Coordinates: 53°31′31″N 1°28′27″W / 53.5254°N 1.4741°W / 53.5254; -1.4741