Whittle Mill

The main extant wall of the mill.

The main extant wall of the mill.

Lintels, bearing block and beam holes in wall near the lower left window (as seen on top picture).

Lintels, bearing block and beam holes in wall near the lower left window (as seen on top picture).

The ruins of Whittle Mill lie just outside the village of Ovingham. The ruins have been consolidated to prevent further decay and there are still a considerable amount that can be learnt about the mill from what remains.

A remaining millstone largely buried in the debris on the mill floor.

A remaining millstone largely buried in the debris on the mill floor.

There are remains of some of the machinery in the rubble at the bottom of the mill, presumably where it all fell in during the period of collapse. Most notable is the French Burr millstone that lies against the riverside wall. Inside the walls contain bearings and holes for beams. Outside the waterwheel scratch marks are clearly visible.

The now filled in wheelpit was below the tree to the left of the photo. The wall has some scratch marks from the waterwheel.

The now filled in wheelpit was below the tree to the left of the photo. The wall has some scratch marks from the waterwheel.

In the woodland behind the ruins are the clear signs of the mill dam as well as traces of the race taking water from the Whittle Burn.

Photographs taken February 2010.

First published: Northumbrian Mills No 52. October 2010.  Author: Duncan Hutt

Further information can be found from Eric Griffith’s account of Whittle Mill.

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