Shelsley Walsh Water Mill Society will welcome visitors from 11am to 4pm on Saturday 11th Sunday 12th May 2019 as part of National Mills Open Weekend – the annual festival of the UK’s milling heritage, and the chance for everyone to explore their local windmills and watermills.
The weekend is coordinated by the Mills Section of the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB).
Entry is free of charge and there is plenty of free parking in the world-famous speed hill climb paddock next to the mill although, as a registered charity, donations towards the upkeep of the mill will be very welcome.
The water mill at Shelsley Walsh was part of a farming community approximately 8 miles north west of Worcester in the beautiful Teme Valley until the early 1900’s, and, although there has been a watermill on this site since 1308 the current mill shows three stages of construction spanning the last 300 years.
The Water Mill Society is run by volunteers, with widely varied backgrounds and expertise including several retired engineers, builders, educationalists, IT experts, accountants and an auctioneer. Collectively known as the ‘Dibnahs’, they have lovingly restored the mill over a ten year period to its current working condition for use as a visitor attraction and educational resource.
The Shelsley Walsh Water Mill is the only working water powered corn mill in Worcestershire. Demonstration of milling flour is at 2pm on both days.
The mill is located near the foot of the world famous Shelsley Walsh Motorsport (speed hill-climb course) run by the Midland Automobile Club since 1905 and is adjacent to the beautiful 12th Century Church of St Andrews, which is well worth a visit too.