The house is a full
three-dimensional building with decorated elevations
to all four sides. The elevations are of weathered
brick with white painted weather board to the upper
storeys. The roof is of individual slate tiles
complete with lead flashing and purpose made metal
rainwater goods. The windows are handmade, opening,
side hung complete with brass latches and stays.
Each window has milled glazing bars with individual
panes throughout. There are 312 individual panes in
over 42 windows.
Flooring throughout is
timber planking with each plank individually nailed,
the exception being the kitchen which has random cut
stone flags. The doors throughout are hand-made,
fully opening ledge and brace painted timber.
Lighting is provided in every room and the lights
are of high quality brass and glass with power
connections to the rear. All the lights are fully
operational. The kitchen even has a flickering fire
in the hearth. All rooms are accessible via hinged
panels (four front and one rear) and two lift-off
The mill wheel is a
purpose made soldered mild steel construction
(18lbs) and is driven by a geared electric motor
with separate power supply. A scale handmade wooden
rowing boat is pulled up to the side of the mill. A
family of swans has now moved into the mill race!
It lived in a guest
house in Llangollen for many years until the owners
retired and it moved with them to their new home.
Having had the model for 20 years they decided to
sell. I negotiated a price and arranged to do a 13
mile canoe race in South Wales then travel up to
Llangollen, camp and pick up the model the next
morning, and drive back to Southampton. Despite
having the measurements there were a few moments of
panic as the model would not fit in my van, but with
some lateral thinking we managed to drop one side
with the bed base closed then re-open it to provide
It now sits proudly in
my dining room with new (old) furniture. My only
sadness is there are no gear shafts, grain bins,
tuns, horse, shoes and hoppers, like my other mill.
The real Castle Mill is
now a very up market B & B and I hope to visit it in
the near future. The information below about the
mill comes from the
Heritage and Design Statement that accompanied the
listed building application dated September 2008.