Explore Fountains Mill
Boasting more than just the abbey, Fountains has many interesting tales to tell, including a Cistercian mill
Fountains Mill is the oldest building on the estate and was in continuous use until 1927. Fountains Mill was built by the Cistercians in the 12th-century to grind grain for the monastery. It survived the closure of the Abbey and continued to mill grain right up to 1927.
In its long history, the building has also been a monastic granary, a timber sawmill, a home for refugees, and a mason’s workshop. When we're able to reopen the interior, you'll find an interactive exhibition and see objects discovered when we restored the mill in 2001, including some very old graffiti.
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