and casings from two sets of French Burr stones have been removed by the
millwrights for inspection and restoration. The three sets of French Burr
stones at the mill, of superior quality to locally derived millstones, would
have been used to produce flour, the remaining two pairs of millstones being
used for animal feed production. The French Burr stones were composites with
pieces of the imported stone set in Plaster of Paris and bound together with
iron hoops. The western set appears to be in good condition, the eastern less
so. Bob Willis, the last miller to operate at
Furniture and casings removed from two sets of French Burr stones for inspection and refurbishment. The banding around the stones and the lids of the balance boxes around the western runner stone can be seen (right).
The lids of the
four balance boxes in the runner stone of the western set bear the name Davies and Sneade,
Lid of balance box, one of four set in around the edge of the runner stone, which held lead weights used to balance the stone
The escape gate from the mill head race was removed by a previous owner for restoration prior to 2004, but fortunately one or two photos survive of the gate in situ. Closer inspection of the concrete repairs at the gate location revealed another scratch name and date, this time N. Myers and the date 1966. John Harrison's 2004 report on the mill recorded the components of the gate mechanism in store in the barn so the next step is to have a rummage through the bits and pieces in dark corners to see if they survive!
Clearing vegetation from the escape gate location revealed a scratched name and date on the repairs of fifty two years ago, which incorporated several re-used perforated iron kiln plates from the mill!