The outside of the mill is rather unimpressive.
|One door and two windows...not much to see or even see through|
Inside are the usual assortment of gears and grinding equipment.
|Gears to transfer the energy from the water wheel to the rest of the mill|
|Gears and grind stones|
|Grain pouring into a pair of grinding stones|
|Belts from the motors installed in the cement grinding days|
They do have a sack hoist to take the grain and any flour that needs extra grinding back up to the top of the mill. This contraption always impresses me. They thought of a way to make the wheel do the literal heavy lifting required for a gravity-fed mill.
The upper floor also has an exhibit on how the mill runs as well as milling throughout time. One panel explains how grain was husked and the chaff cleared by different methods in different times.
|Separating the grains and the husks in history|
At the top of the mill was another small window that looks over the Quarry Pool (the name given in the cement days), which is fed by the Bottisham Lode, the small river next to the mill.
|Quarry Pool with many lily pads|
|Warning found inside the mill--remember to get permission first!|
The display for hand-grinding fascinated Lucy, who may have been thinking of making her own bread.
|Grinding up the good stuff|
Outside, we were able to see a bit of the wheel itself. The metal water wheel is nine feet wide and sixteen feet in diameter. It is fairly well protected, though I am not sure what natural elements would damage it if all that water doesn't hurt it.
|The wheel is carefully fenced off and inside the walls|