Stainsby Mill :: Shared Description
Stainsby mill is a preserved watermill on the Hardwick estate, Derbyshire. It is owned and run by the National Trust, still producing flour.
The earliest reference is from 1216, when it was owned by the Lords of the Manor (Link
), the Savage family. Steinesbei over time has evolved into Stainsby.
In 1593 Bess of Harwick, one of the most powerful Women in England, bought the estate, including the mill, from Edward Savage. By 1800 a new stable and wagon shelter had been built; however in 1846 it was noted to be out of use.
1850 saw a rebuild with new iron machinery; French Burr was added for the Duke of Devonshire so that the estate could have the finest white flour. The 1940s and '50s saw it become redundant; full restoration came in 1991.
The Breastshot waterwheel Link
powers a small cog turning three pit wheels Link
. These run the stones upstairs Link
as well as other machinery such as flour dressers Link
The mill is open to visitors most days, producing spelt and wholemeal flour. Link
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Created: Sun, 27 Feb 2011, Updated: Fri, 15 Apr 2011
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