The windmill tower at Chollerton Farm is a striking landmark. The windmill was built for farm use, probably in the early 19th century. The farm also has chimney distinctive of having a steam engine added. Thus the farm, modern for its time, would have had plenty of power for threshing and driving other farm machinery. In many cases a some milling may have also been carried out, largely as feed for animals used around the farm.
Linnels Mill is on the market again. The mill comes with a large country house and coach house and extensive grounds! The mill, which has been recently consolidated and repaired is thus a relatively small part of the overall sale but from a mill point of view this is one of the best watermills in the north east and contains items of national importance. At £2,450,000 it’s not going to appeal to most mill enthusiasts but the hope is, of course, that the purchaser will be sympathetic to the mill and help protect this vitally important site.
More information on the sales page for the site.
More information on the mill itself can be found in a report from 1999.
A book came my way recently which has managed to shed a little light on more of our local mills; specifically those in Weardale. The Disappearing Mills and Bread Ovens of Weardale by Christine Ruskin, was published in 2017. The book more specifically covers corn mills but managed to add two new sites to the database, Frosterley Mill and Goosecroft Mill. new information like this is always useful and just helps add to the understanding of the subject. Detailed research in a local area often highlights sites that have not come to light through more general research and some mills simply get missed when pouring over maps and plans.
A new book has just been published covering two of our Northumberland Mills. Waren Mill on the edge of Budle Bay and Spindleston Mill, a short distance inland, are considered in detail between the years of 1735 and 1914. The mills were part of the Greenwich Hospital Estates and have a strong link to the well known engineer John Smeaton. There is a huge amount of detail about the two mills and their passage from the Estate to the Short Family that were heavily involved in milling in the Berwick and borders area.
The book is available for £8 from the newsagent in Belford and Clarks in Bamburgh. Alternatively it can be purchased for £10 to be sent out. please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
The history of Waren Mill – as well as some of the other nearby mills – is covered in an exhibition at Belford Museum. The history and workings of the mill are looked at on a number of panels around the room including a disagreement between millwrights during its construction.
In due course we look forward to a book on the mill on which the exhibition is based but there is a huge amount of additional information available too.
Information and history about our local mills continues to be added, albeit slowly. The latest two additions are historical information from Eric Griffith on Waren Mill and Denwick Mill. Often information gets added following a request for details about a particular mill so please use the Contact us page should you have any requests. Also please get in touch if you can offer any information to be added here. We can use historical research and miller information and will add old photographs where it is practical to do so.
The meeting on 3 October took the inevitable but still disappointing decision to formally wind up the NEMG. However it was decided that a web presence would remain and that we would try to continue to encourage support of local mills and milling without being a formally constituted body with paid up members. Thus we will look to support other groups of relevance and maintain this website as a resource. While there will be no newsletters we will seek to publish pages on this site to disseminate information. Please also make use of the comments options on pages to add information on specific subjects or the contact us page to make contact – submission of articles that can be added here are always most welcome!