An excerpt from
Experience Project News
. . . Industrial heritage specialists Dorothea
Restoration are carrying out repairs to the historic
mill machinery. The working waterwheel and the pit
in which it sits are being cleaned and repaired,
which is tricky as the pit or undercroft (below the
ground floor) is full of water most of the time.
Work on the wheel and the pit can only take place
for around four hours either side of low tide, when
the team descend a ladder into the undercroft to jet
wash the sludge and begin work.
They have also been busy on the upper floors
replacing the 97 oak teeth in the ‘crown’ wheel with
new wooden teeth made from traditional fruit wood.
This is used because, as well as being strong, its
natural oils help to lubricate the teeth and keep
the wheel running smoothly. They will also be
removing the ‘tun cover’ - the wooden barrel-like
object which covers the grinding stones and prevents
the flour and grain from spreading through the mill.
The metal bands that encircle it need welding, which
wouldn’t be a good idea in situ, with all the wood
and flour dust in the mill.
Over the summer we also completed the treatment of
the beams and other woodwork inside the mill to
guard against rot and wood worm.
We will be closed until early 2017.
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Research into the mill’s history has turned up some
interesting references to
Eling in the press
Salisbury & Winchester Journal, May 1814
– An extraordinary foot-race took place On
Wednesday evening last, at Totton, for a
considerable wager, between Mr. Aslett of that
place, a pedestrian of some celebrity, and one of
the best hundred-yard runners in the county, and Mr.
Rogers, a miller of Eling, a very active athletic
young man. The former was to run one hundred yards,
while the latter carried a sack of wheat fifty.
Considerable bets were depending, and the parties
had been training for the purpose. The muscular
powers of Mr. R. were however too great for the
agility of Mr. A. and he won the wager by about two
yards in fifteen seconds.