Sarehole Mill to start milling again soon after successful £8,000 crowdfunding drive

Written by on February 8, 2019

SAREHOLE Mill in Moseley will soon be able to start milling again thanks to a crowdfunding drive.

People got behind the campaign and the £8,000 target has been reached. It means the work needed to get the mill milling will be able to be carried out.

Repair work will also done on the flour store.

The Sarehole Mill Team tweeted this picture along with a ‘massive thank you’ to everyone who donated.

There has been a mill on the Sarehole site since 1542 but the current building dates back to the mid-18th Century.

A steam engine was installed and a chimney built In the 1850s

Matthew Boulton leased Sarehole Mill between 1756 and 1761 and used it as a ‘flatting mill’, producing sheet metal used for button manufacturing.

It also gained fame from Hobbit and Lord of the Rings author JRR Tolkien who lived near the mill.

He stated later in his life how the mill and rural surroundings inspired his writings of Middle-earth.

Visit http://www.birminghammuseums.org.uk/sarehole for more information on Sarehole Mill.


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