Take a tour of Nether Alderley Mill
Nether Alderley Mill stood at the heart of the community since the 1500s, providing flour for daily bread and grains for animals. Join a guided tour to discover its story and the flour-making process from waterwheel to wholemeal.
See how flour is made
Take a guided tour to see the restored heritage machinery in action and appreciate the expertise and hard work required by Nether Alderley’s millers over the centuries.
Learn how grain is dried in the kiln before it is hoisted to the top floor of the mill. Watch how the miller controls the water speed to power the heritage machinery. Listen to the waterwheels turn, powering the huge millstones which grind the flour.
- Graffiti: The names of previous millers and workers adorn the stone walls of the mill, including a 'tall dark handsome stranger'.
- Millstone: The millstones at Nether Alderley Mill weigh over a ton and are French burr stones of metaquartzite, which are particularly adept at removing bran from flour.
- Millpond: Originally the mill was powered by a small stream but as demand grew, a dam was built to create the millpond. The pond lies behind the mill and has acted as the main power source since the 1500s.
- Waterwheels: The current waterwheels date from the 20th century, but water had powered the mill throughout its entire existence. In the 1880s, steam power was used until coal became too expensive.
- The kiln: 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.
Restoration of the mill
Between 2008 and 2012, a specialist team of millwrights (craftsmen who build and restore traditional mills) set to work replacing the buckets, axles and spokes on the waterwheels, and the teeth on the gear wheels.
The millstones and the mechanism around them were also refurbished enabling Nether Alderley Mill to once again mill grain. In 2019, Nether Alderley mill celebrated its first flour sales since 1939.
‘It’s fantastic to see the mill come to life again, producing and selling stoneground flour just like it has done for generations before. It’s a very special place and getting the mill back in business certainly wouldn’t have been possible without the hard work from the team at the mill and members of the public who support the mill each time they visit.’
– Jennifer Brooke, Visitor Operations and Experience Manager
Find out about the flour-making process, the story of Nether Alderley Mill and its millers who provided the village with bread for generations from the 14th century onwards.