The Manor Mill

Branscombe's Manor Mill boasts a rich history, and has delighted visitors ever since its return to full working order.

Opening times

April - October: Every Sunday, 2 - 5pm

In July and August, the Mill will also open on Wednesdays, 2 - 5pm.

Please note that the waterwheel only works when the water from the leat is flowing.

To confirm opening times before visiting, take a look at the Branscombe Opening Times calendar. You can also call the East Devon team on 01297 680507.
 

A peek into history

In the heart of Branscombe, you can watch the Manor Mill come to life and experience a miller’s world. Standing since the nineteenth century, we’ve kept the Mill in full working order for everyone to enjoy.

Nestled into the valley, the Mill draws water from the nearby leat to turn its huge wheel. Young visitors can try their hand at turning cogs on a miniature quern, and learn all about life as a miller.

 

The Middle Ages

The Mill you see today has been standing since the nineteenth century, and is one of four mills that used to be in operation. But the history of milling at Branscombe stretches much further back, with millers living and working here since the Middle Ages. 

In its full glory the Mill would have been a very busy place, from harvest time right through to spring. Now, it’s a much calmer environment that makes a perfect stopping point along the coastal path.

 

Life at the mill

The miller and his family would live in the attached buildings, with his animals, carts and machinery nearby. It wasn’t an easy life, with dangerous activities and long working days. 

Young children would serve as apprentices, helping with unloading the grain and bagging up the flour.

 

Second World War

The mill would also grind wheat, barley and oats for animal feed, and it was used up until just before the Second World War. It’s likely that Manor Mill would have once provided the flour for all of the bread baking in the village, but it fell into disrepair after the war. 

Many of its mechanics and workings were left in place, and the National Trust carefully restored many of the parts during the 1990s. Because of this restoration, the mill has been returned to full working order once more. 

 
The working wheel at Manor Mill in Branscombe
The working wheel at Manor Mill in Branscombe