There are a number of wind and water mill sites with public access in the north-east of England. These are great places to learn a little more about the history of these once vital parts of our rural environment.
Brinkburn Mill – not open to the public but available as a holiday let through the Landmark Trust. The mill has a waterwheel and some machinery.
Cragside – there are plenty of water power things to see from an old waterwheel, water turbines and even a water powered kitchen spit.
East Newtown Mill – this is also not open to the public but available to let for holidays. The waterwheel has been restored.
Heatherslaw Mill – a working water powered corn mill on the River Till. The mill produces flour which is on sale in the mill shop.
Otterburn Mill – a former woollen mill now houses a cafe and shop. The water turbine and some of the ancilliary machinery remains.
Prudhoe Castle Mill – the limited remains can be seen in the grounds of Prudhoe Castle.
The Old Mill, Jesmond Dene – a ruined mill on the Ouse Burn in Jesmond Dene.
Path Head Watermill – a restored mill now powering woodworking machinery.
Whitburn Windmill – a partially restored windmill, open on special open-days only.
Fulwell Windmill – a windmill on the edge of Sunderland. Situation unknown following restoration.
Killhope Lead Mining Centre – a site demonstrating the history of lead mining including its use of water power. There is a large waterwheel, and a number of smaller ones around the site, including one underground.
Broom Mill – now part of a farm shop, the mill has a restored waterwheel.
Old Fulling Mill, Durham – this former fulling mill now houses a museum of archaeology. It sits below the cathedral on the banks of the River Wear.
Beamish Museum – the open air museum contains a horse gin in Home Farm and a whim gin (for hauling tubs from a mine) in the Pockerley part of the site. A windmill is due to be constructed in the 1820s area.
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Tocketts Mill – a restored watermill with important, historic machinery.