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Nether Alderley Mill is a 16th century flour mill © Andrew Moores

Nether Alderley Mill is a 16th century flour mill

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Beneath the long sloping roof of Nether Alderley Mill, lies a corn mill from the 1500s. The history of the mill and everyone who worked here can be seen everywhere you look, with graffiti covering the entrance door, bricks and oak beams.

Take a guided tour to explore this delightful Elizabethan mill and discover how family millers since the 1500s have turned wheat into flour to make daily bread for the villagers of Nether Alderley. 

Graffiti

No record survives of this Miller, it could be his family initials

The names of previous millers and workers adorn the stone walls of the mill, including a 'Tall dark handsome stranger'!

Mill stones

The mill stones at Nether Alderley are still producing flour today

The mill stones at Nether Alderley Mill weigh over a ton and are French burr stones of metaquartzite, which are particularly adept at removing bran from flour.

Mill Pond

The mil pond has been the power source for centuries

Originally the mill was powered by a small stream but as demand grew a dam was built to create the mill pond. The pond lies behind the mill and has acted as the main power source since the 1500s.

Waterwheels

The gears at Nether Alderley are powered by the waterwheels

The current waterwheels date from the 20th century, but water had powered the mill throughout its entire existence until the 1880s when steam power was used  - until coal became too expensive.

The kiln

Part of the kiln at Nether Alderley Mill

Take one of our hard hats and have a look inside the kiln where the grain was dried, and quality controlled before it was milled into flour.

St Mary's Church

Just over the road is St Mary's Church, another crucial building to historic Nether Alderley.

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