The waterwheel project team includes Rupert Dawnay,
Dave Hibbert, Ivor New, Peter Mobbs and - myself as
The work has been progressing week by week, on this
timber, 10ft 6in diameter, narrow clasp arm
waterwheel. Following the first trial assembly on
the mill first floor, to prove our construction
expertise - site fixing began in early July with
installing the clasp arms on the old axle and
wedging in place.
This was followed by the double ring of felloes -
secured with stainless steel fish plates and bolts.
The starts and floats, all in oak, finally came
together, with completion on the 6th
of August 2014. This day was witnessed by John
Reynolds and Mathew Lovering, with photographs taken
at that time. An extensive photograph record has
been maintained and is available to be archived.
Meanwhile, in the first week of July 2014,
Crown Court trial took place at Winchester with the
fate of Kingsley Mill in the balance. I was called
as a witness for owner, Richard Hills, at the
trial. The judge trimmed the Environment Agency
prosecution down and excluded much evidence and a
site visit by the jury to Kingsley Mill.
Sadly, Richard lost in his defence to be allowed to
impound water for operating the mill. This was
mitigated by the judge limiting the prosecution
legal costs, though a fine was imposed by the
court. Not a happy outcome.
So now Kingsley Mill has a smart new waterwheel with
no impounded water to operate it, although it turns
very freely. The story does not stop here though.
A stainless steel plaque was engraved and fixed on
the wheel on Friday 22nd
August, listing the men involved in its
construction It was unveiled by the owner Richard
Richard has plans for the future of Kingsley Mill
which are aimed at ensuring the conservation of the
mill with its main gearing, improved environment and
water control. Watch this space!!