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.
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.
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.