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Headley Mill

Headley Mill is the last commercially working water mill in Hampshire.

It is almost certain that there was a mill on this site in 1086 (Domesday)

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The west end of the Mill is considered to be 16th Century and the centre is much older. In 1796 the bridge was rebuilt, and soon afterwards part of the house was rebuilt and the open water wheel covered in, major reconstructions took place to the fabric of the Mill and all the present water milling machinery was installed so that this contains a very modern layout as water mills go, in fact the latest in Stone flour milling machinery.

The Mill is built astride the river [the southern River Wey] facing S.E. with a pond of some 4 acres in front which provides the power to turn the breast shot Water Wheel (12 ft diameter x 7 ft wide). The 'head,' which is the height between the pond level and the tail water, is approximately 7 ft. The flow is reliable and stable throughout all seasons, and is sufficient to drive a pair of Millstones perpetually.

The Iron Water Wheel was installed by Coopers of Romsey in 1926 when the old wooden one (oak and elm) was scrapped because of old age, but the shaft (iron) was reused for the new Wheel.

There are 4 pairs of Mill stones - 3 pairs French Burr (best for wheat flour) and 1 pair Derby Peak (oats & barley). The stones are 48 inches in diameter and weigh about 1 tons, and the dressing is '3 furrows to a harp'. The Water Wheel will drive 2 pairs of Millstones at a time.

 

Text from a pamphlet by John & Peter Ellis, held on Headley Web

Headley Mill is owned by Messrs. J. Ellis and Sons Ltd. Mill Lane,
Headley,
Bordon,
Hampshire GU35 8LH
 

 

John Brandrick has since he retired devoted considerable time and his great expertise in making 3D drawings to record the structure and machinery of mills. 

We are very lucky that he has visited Headley and Hockley mills and here are some of his exceptional drawings.  Please visit his website and his page on Headley Mill  for more drawings.

John's website,
 

John's Headley

Click on the picture for a larger image.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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