North West Mills Group



Mills of the North West


1. Acorn Bank Garden & Water Mill.

A water-powered corn mill with two pitch-back waterwheels. An enthusiastic group of volunteers have recently restored the mill to working order and produce wholemeal flour for sale. Extensive NT Garden with collection of herbs, nature trail and tearoom.

Temple Sowerby, nr Penrith. NT Tearoom. CA10 1SP.

Tel: 01768 361893.

Volunteer Blog

(OS Sheet 91. NY 614283)


2. Nenthead Mines Heritage Centre.

Three working waterwheels driving model machinery showing the many ways waterpower was used on the mine site.  Open on specific days during 2017 see here for details

Nenthead, Alston CA9 3PD.

Tel: 01434 382037.

(OS Sheet 86/87. NY 781434)


3. Killhope Lead Mining Museum.

34ft working overshot iron wheel designed and built by W.G.Armstrong in 1859 drove crushing and separation machinery. Run by Durham CC. Open from the 1st April 2017

Cowshill, Upper Weardale, DL13 1AR.

Tel: 01388 537505.

(OS Sheets 86/87. NY 824432)


4. Little Salkeld Water Mill.

18th century corn mill with two 12ft overshot waterwheels. Still producing stone ground flour.

Tearoom. Little Salkeld, Penrith, CA10 1NN.

Tel:01768 881523.

(OS Sheet 90. NY 567361)


5. Eskdale Mill.

Two overshot wheels in tandem with original machinery for grinding oatmeal.

Boot Village, Eskdale, CA19 1TG.

Tel: 019467 23335.

(OS Sheet 89. NY 176012)


6. Stott Park Bobbin Mill.

Built 1835 and powered by a water turbine in tandem with a steam engine to supply bobbins to the Lancashire spinning and weaving industry. Owned by English Heritage.

Low Stott Park, Finsthwaite, LA12 8AX.

Tel:01539 531087.

(OS Sheets 96/97. SD 373883)


7. Gleaston Watermill.

Working corn mill with 5.4m waterwheel and tearoom.

Gleaston, near Ulverston, LA12 0QH.

Tel:01229 869244.

(OS Sheet 96. SD 260709)


8. Heron Corn Mill.

Internal high breasted waterwheel driving four pairs of millstones. Open Wednesday to Sunday 11am to 4pm. Now selling their own Wholemeal Spelt, Wheat and Rye flours.

Mill Lane, Beetham, Milnthorpe, LA7 7PQ.

Tel.015395 64271.

(OS sheet 97. SD 497799)


9. Farfield Mill.

Four storey mill built 1837 with 1896 water turbine by Gilbert Gilkes & Gordon of Kendal. Crafts and art shops with tearoom.

Garsdale Rd., Sedburgh LA10 5LP.

Tel:015396 21958.

(OS Sheet 98. SD 676918)


10. Marsh Mill.

Restored 70ft high windmill built 1794. Last worked in 1922. Now surrounded by Marsh Mill craft village.

Thornton Cleveleys, FY5 4AE.

Tel. 01253 860765.

Marsh Mill Website Here

Or visit the Friends of Marsh Mill, Thornton website here for latest open days

(OS Sheet 102. SD 335426)


11. Lytham Mill.

Built 1805 the mill produced flour and oatmeal until a fire in 1919. Rebuilt in 1921. Now a museum.

East Beach, Lytham St Annes FY8 5EX.

Tel: 01253 794879.

(OS Sheet 102. SD 370270)


12. Helmshore Textile Mill.

Higher Mill built 1789 is powered by a large waterwheel which drives the 19th century fulling stocks.

Holcome Road, Helmshore, BB4 4NP.

Tel: 01706 226459.

(OS Sheet 103. SD 778214)


13. Bidston Windmill.


A tower mill built in 1800, last worked commercially in 1875. Most machinery remains.


Bidston Hill, Birkenhead.


Tel: 0151 653 9332

(OS Sheet 108. SJ 287894)


14. Queen St. Mill, Burnley.

Steam driven mill with 300 looms. Art workshops. Cafe.

Queen St.,Harle Syke, Burnley, BB10 2HX.

Tel: 01282 412555.

(OS Sheet 103. SD 867349)


15. Dunham Massey Mill.

Originally built 1616 as a corn mill and later converted to a saw mill.

Dunham Massey Hall, Altrincham, WA14 4SJ.

Tel: 0161 9411025.

(OS Sheet 109. SJ 733 873)


16.Nether Alderley Mill.

15th century corn mill with two overshot water wheels in use until 1939 restored to working order in 1962.

Nether Alderley, Macclesfield, SK10 4TW

Tel: 01625 584412. (Booked parties only).

(OS Sheet 118. SJ 844763)


17. Quarry Bank Mill.

Built 1784 powered by water and steam. 1851 Fairburn high breast waterwheel and 1820 beam engine.

Styal, Wilmslow SK9 4LA. Tel: 01625 572468.

OS Sheet 109. SD 834831)


18. Stretton Water Mill.

Small watermill with four sets of millstones driven by external overshot wheel installed 1777 and a breastshot 1852 wheel.

Tilston, Malpas, SY14 7HS.

Tel: 01606 41331.

(OS Sheet 117. SJ 454530)


19. Bunbury Mill.

First mentioned in 1290, recorded in 1775, rebuilt 1850, restored 1973 to working order.
pen on Sunday 29th March 2015, then every Sunday and Bank Holiday 1pm-5pm till end of October.

The Mill will be open for group visits during the winter by appointment:

- School Visits

- Clubs and Societies


Bunbury, Tarporley, Cheshire, CW6 9PP.

Tel: 01829 261422.

(OS Sheet 117. SJ573580)


20 Little Marton Mill.

A 4-storey tower windmill built in 1838. Upper machinery only remains intact.

Preston New Road, Blackpool.

Tel: 01253 408650.

(OS Sheet 102. SD 349341)


21 Walk Mill, Stapleford.


A 3-storey brick-built watermill which has been completely reconstructed on an old site. Now milling flour from its own farm.


(OS Sheet 117, SJ 483643)