Patterson's Spade Mill

The last working water-driven spade mill in daily use in the British Isles

Patterson's Spade Mill

Our work 

Meet James, the blacksmith at Patterson's Spade Mill

Meet our blacksmith at Patterson's Spademill 

James started as volunteer at Patterson’s Spade Mill. His interest in the art of the spade maker, and blacksmithing was fuelled by giving tours. James worked at the mill as a spade maker with fiery passion for many years. With the support of the National Trust, he became an apprentice blacksmith. James has a deep rooted appreciation of the old art. His passion has burst into flame.