Sarehole Mill and JRR Tolkien, Hall Green Local History Society, Birmingham UK

Sarehole Mill

 

Sarehole Mill is a tourist attraction, powered by the River Cole, that is open to visitors during the summer months.

 

This is one of only 2 surviving operational water mills in Birmingham.  Once in the heart of the countryside, there has been a mill on this site since c1542.  Sarehole Mill is a time capsule from Birmingham's rural and industrial past.

 

Inside you can see the machinery that turned grain into flour and learn more about the history of Sarehole.

 

The mill and surrounding area was also inspiration to JRR Tolkien, author of 'The Lord of the Rings' and 'The Hobbit', whose early childhood was spent at Sarehole.  You can learn more about Tolkien in a new exhibition inside the mill buildings.

 

The Mill Pool - a reliable water supply is central to the operation of a watermill.  Sarehole's pond once covered a much larger area, stretching back to the road and supplied from two sources.  Now the pond is fed solely from the Coldbath Brook, which rises from Moseley Golf Course.

 

Surrounded by a network of streams and rivers and the nearby Moseley Bog, the mill pond provides a home for rich and diverse wildlife.

 

The Mill is open to visitors Tuesday to Sunday from 12:00 to 16:00 and closed on Mondays (except bank holidays).  On Wednesday and Sunday afternoons in June the mill can be seen working and producing flour.

 

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Sarehole Mill and JRR Tolkien, Hall Green Local History Society, Birmingham UK
Sarehole Mill and JRR Tolkien, Hall Green Local History Society, Birmingham UK

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