Milestones and millstones: 1,000 years of history at Winchester City Mill

JMW Turner's graphite on paper sketch of Winchester City Mill

For centuries this ancient mill, the oldest working watermill in Britain, has been an integral part of Winchester’s heritage. From its early Anglo Saxon origins, through the agricultural and industrial revolutions, right up until the present day and its restoration to a working mill, it has stood the test of time. 

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Help save City Mill from closure

We have put temporary measures in place but in the next 12 months we need to make permanent repairs to ensure the structure stays standing. This is something that can only be achieved with your generous support.

A damaged structural beam at Winchester City Mill


A gateway south

Straddling the River Itchen, City Mill becomes the gateway to the South Downs National Park welcoming 50,000 visitors annually.

 Panoramic view at sunset in August from Devil's Dyke, South Downs, West Sussex


A working mill

Our 12 year restoration project to bring the mill back into full working order is completed. Flour milling resumes for the first time in 90 years.

Bags of flour ground at City Mill