D and I went along to a New Hall Mill Open Day at Walmley, Sutton Coldfield, on Bank Holiday Monday. A place we've never visited before and I am so glad we made the effort even though the weather was poor with rain at times.
Lovely to see a "field of gold" as we arrived.
This mill is one of only two surviving water mills in the Birmingham area - the other is Sarehole Mill which I also visited recently. The present mill, which is a Grade 2 listed building, dates from the eighteenth century although a mill has been on the site since the sixteenth century.
The mill was restored to full working order in the 1970's. It is privately owned and managed by the New Hall Water Mill Preservation Trust.
The Mill and Millpool - we saw a pair of Grey Wagtails around the pool.
We had a look round the Miller's Garden which included a vegetable and cottage garden.
Chive flowers were attracting bumble bees -
Early Bumble Bee (male)
We had a look round the inside of the mill - the mill machinery has been fully restored and operates on Open Days to produce stone ground whole meal flour (and yes, I bought home a bag!)
The Ground/Machinery/Meal Floor
1st Floor - the Stone Floor
There was a lovely model of the Mill in an Exhibition area
The grounds of the Mill include a Tree Trail and Wildflower meadow - a great place to visit with children
I would have liked to have taken more photos of the tree trail and wildflowers but the camera card was nearly full. I do have another card but I'd left it at home :(
I bought a postcard showing a photo of the mill in 1904 - one of these days I will learn to keep my horizontals level!!!
We finished off in the tearoom - tea and cake. In my case Carrot cake and it was as delicious as it looked.
I also bought a couple of plants - Persicaria and Borage - both great plants for attracting bees and pollinators.
If you live anywhere near the mill it is well worth a visit - details of Open Days can be found on their website at www.newhallmill.org.uk.
Thanks to Graham for tipping me off on what a great place it is to visit (especially the cake information) :)
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