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Charlecote Mill near Warwick is both a working mill and a museum dating back to 1806. With walls up to 18 inches thick in places, it is certainly a sturdy structure and as such has been well preserved over the years. On the top floor the name of one of the millers, William Witherington, can still be seen carved into the brickwork.

Maintenance of the skeleton structure aside, much renovation work has been carried out on the windows, doors, stairs, floors and roof – to name a few areas! The lease-holder John Bedington and Tom Mitchell have overseen and been involved in the reconstruction for many years. Because of this, the mill now produces its own wholemeal flour.

This process is undertaken at the mill from receiving the delivery of corn right through to the end flour product. The mill is not open every day for visitors to witness its inner workings so it is advised that you call up to arrange a booking. It is well-worth the visit, however, as you gain a fascinating insight into what it was and is like to be a miller and to use the impressive machinery.

For those who are keen to get properly stuck in and have a go at milling corn themselves, there is a Milling Experience Weekend available. Usually held in the Spring/Summer time the weekend comprises a Saturday of millwrighting tasks like fitting waterwheel paddles, followed by a Sunday of entertaining visitors and running the mill. This has proved extremely popular and is a great way to get involved in a long-lasting tradition.

Don’t forget to stop at the Mill Shop before you leave. Selling a selection of stationery, recipe books, hand-knitted jumpers and of course the renowned mill flour, the shop gives you the chance to take a little piece of history home with you.

 

Charlecote Road, Hampton Lucy, Warwick CV35 8BB

Tel: 01789 842 072

Opening Times: 11am-5pm – first Sunday of the month April to October. Please see website for bank holiday opening hours.