Winchester, by Martin Gregory
2017, City Mill has been raising funds for work on
the structure of the east end of the mill; that
part between the working section of the mill and the
exit onto Water Lane. The flooding in 2012-13
highlighted structural problems with this part of
the mill and, at present, the ground floor is a
forest of Acrow props supporting the floor above.
Sufficient funds have been raised for National
Trust, the owners of the mill, to start structural
work in early 2018.
Although the part of the building containing the
milling machinery is not affected by the work it is
likely that the mill will be closed to the public
whilst the work is carried out. The mill shop will
Mill, Warwickshire, by Sheila Viner
“Charlecote Mill needs your
Mill is not a museum occasionally grinding flour as
many water and windmills now are; it is a piece of
living working history and one of only a
small handful of surviving commercial working
watermills in the UK” says Karl Grevatt,
the young and enthusiastic miller of the grade 2
star listed Charlecote Mill.
Warwickshire has one working water
mill, commercially operating with a unique
established customer base. However, it is under
threat from a scheme to alter the river for
navigation in terms of leisure activities. The
threat is that the river levels could be raised by
as much as 2 feet which would make the two undershot
waterwheels inoperable. Stratford-upon-Avon
District Council have resurrected previously failed
plans to make the River Avon navigable from its
highest point (near the mill) all the way to Warwick
in the hopes that a further healthy revenue will be
made from this additional form of tourism which
would change the countryside for ever .
Karl has sprung into action to save
his beloved "Millie", and his livelihood, by
alerting those of us on the Facebook programme
"Watermill Hoppers", which has resulted in local
newspapers and the regional television stations
taking up the story. ITV Midland visited the mill
and carried a brief report. No news is bad news, so
they say, for this resulted in increased numbers of
visitors on open days and a lot of support for his
cause, plus of course increasing flour sales.
Various local groups and councillors, for and
against these revived navigation plans, have invited
Karl to explain his situation and how he sees the
scheme affecting the land and the mill around him.
Peter Mobbs, John Mears, and I
enjoyed visiting Charlecote Mill on 8 October, the
last open day of 2017, to gain an understanding of
the water system fed from the Avon to the mill.
Despite arriving early we certainly were not the
first as some 20 or so people were already flocking
to the frontage. A further 133 people arrived after
lunch time to learn how the mill worked and what the
navigation scheme would mean.
They learnt about the different types
of flour produced which supply the keen bread and
chapati makers who maintain Karl's livelihood.
If you wish to add your support to
keep this water-driven business thriving and counter
the threat please go to
www.charlecotemill.co.uk and select the "Protect
Charlecote Mill" option.
Or you can write to Karl Grevatt at
Charlecote Mill, Charlecote Road, Hampton Lucy,
Warwick CV35 8BB.