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A wonderful world of wheels and water

Come and explore how the curious cogs and machinery of a fully operational watermill work.

Situated on the stunning Hardwick estate, the mill offers a vivid evocation of the workplace of a 19th-century miller. Our friendly volunteers are on hand to tell you more about Hardwick's past and present millers and you can even buy bags of freshly milled Stainsby flour.


All facilities are available at Hardwick Hall

The nearest toilets, gift shop and restaurant are at nearby Hardwick Hall. This is a short drive up the estate road. Our team look forward to welcoming you.

The mill at work

Working water wheel

The water wheel which turns each day at Stainsby Mill © Mike Townsend. NT

For centuries, the water wheel at Stainsby Mill has ground flour for the Hall and the estate. The wheel is still turning today, fed by the adjoining Miller's pond. Find out more about this fascinating process at Stainsby Mill.

Grinding flour

Pick up your own bag of Stainsby Mill flour © David Levenson

Flour is still regularly ground, by the water wheel, at Stainsby Mill. This is the continuation of a decades long process. The Mill produces both wholemeal and spelt flour, and visitors can pick up a bag at the Mill to take home and bake with. Don't forget to pick up the recipe book.