Heron Corn Mill and Mill Barn

Heron Corn Mill
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Heron Corn Mill is situated on the banks of the River Bela, in South Cumbria close to the Lancashire border, and is one of the few working mills left in Cumbria. Evidence shows that a mill existed on the site prior to 1096. In 1220 the Lord of the Manor gave the monks of St. Marie's York the right to grind their grain at his mill.

The mill passed through many hands until in 1927 it came to W & J Pye, millers of Lancaster. In 1955, they closed the mill, and for the next two decades it went unused. In 1973, Henry Cooke Ltd leased the mill to the newly formed Beetham Trust so that they could restore it to its former glory. In 1975 Princess Alexandra opened the refurbished mill, which shows to the public the mechanics of a water driven corn mill.

Heron Corn Mill is a grade ll listed eighteenth century working watermill,and in 2009, the site installed a hydropower turbine in the weir at the River Bella, to generate electricity which is then sold to the paper mill opposite.

We offer a year round programme of events and activities for all the family, and we have a regular Mill tour and milling demonstration which takes place on the first Friday of the month, 11.30am - 1pm.

The newly re-developed barn at Heron Corn Mill is now used as an educational and arts resource and a building for community and corporate hire. The space can be hired for talks, seminars, parties, team building events and many other activities. Please get in touch for more details and a hire card. The barn is open all year round, and has under floor heating and a wood pellet stove.

Venue Type:

Industrial heritage site, Heritage site

Opening hours

February Half Term - Christmas
Weds - Sun 11.00-16.00
Open bank holidays

Closed: Mondays and Tuesdays
Office open throughout the year.

Admission charges

FREE entry but donations are welcome.

Special schools rates apply. For more information about our education programme please visit our website or call 015395 65027.

Additional info

In 2013 the Mill underwent a major redevelopment making the site more accessible to wheel chairs, though the top floor of the mill is still inaccessible. The site also has disabled toilet facilities.

Permanent exhibition of 900 years of milling on the site.

Collection details

Industry, Science and Technology, Social History, Trade and Commerce

Key artists and exhibits

  • Mill
  • All fully working mill machinery, two waterwheels, vertical plate mill, oat clipper, Oat roller, Chaff Cutter, Cake Breaker, horizontal platemill, Various mill stones, various hand tools connected to stone dressing.
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Bob Parkinson surrounded by some of his family photographs

A Fishing Family on the Lune: Exhibition & Workshop

  • 16 — 17 September 2017 11am-4pm

Join Lancaster artist Jill Wignall as she showcases her latest collection of work which illustrates stories told to her by Bob Parkinson. Bob’s stories about growing up in a fishing family who also tended to two lighthouses, come to life through Jill’s drawings, paintings, textiles and embroideries,

Jill will also lead a drop in workshop on Saturday afternoon 1.00-4.00pm, as she guides families through illustrating Bob’s stories using a variety of different media, such as pens, fabric and collage.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Milling at Heron Corn Mill

Mill Tours & Milling Demonstrations

  • 1 September 2017 11:30am-1pm
  • 6 October 2017 11:30am-1pm
  • 3 November 2017 11:30am-1pm
  • 1 December 2017 11:30am-1pm

Learn all about the historic Heron Corn Mill and then watch as our artisan flours are milled by our resident miller. After the demonstration bags of fresh wholemeal spelt, wheat or rye flour will be available for purchase, and there’s a free tea, coffee, juice or soft drink with every adult ticket purchased.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Adult Tickets £5 / Under 16s Free
Places can be booked by emailing us at info@heronmill.org or giving us a ring on 015395 64271, though booking isn’t vital.

Paper makers at Beetham Paper Mill in the early 1900's.

Heritage Open Days

  • 9 — 10 September 2017 11am-4pm

Heritage Open Days is the biggest heritage festival in the country, offering visitors the opportunity to learn about our rich cultural history and explore hidden places.

To celebrate we’re delving into our archive for a special screening of films that includes historic and promotional footage of the paper mill in Beetham, Ulverston Sanatorium and Ulverston Town Mill in its final days. Mill tours will also take place on both days, as resident miller Stuart will be on hand to talk about the history of Heron Corn Mill.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

None

Heron Corn Mill Crafternoons

Crafternoons

  • 27 September 2017 1-4pm
  • 25 October 2017 1-4pm
  • 29 November 2017 1-4pm

Crafternoons is a free workshop and social group held in the barn one Wednesday every month!

The group is for older people to meet up and try new crafts, such as felting, patchwork and crochet, exchange ideas or just enjoy a good natter and a cup of tea! If you’d like to come but struggle with transport, give us a call on 01539 564271 or email info@heronmill.org and we may be able to help. Refreshments provided. Supported by the Bryan Lancaster Trust and the Cumbria Community Foundation

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • 18+

Admission

Completely FREE

Website

http://www.heronmill.org/crafternoons/

Ruth Goodman in a Christmas cloak on Victorian Farm

Ruth Goodman: How to be a Victorian

  • 12 October 2017 7:30-9pm

We know what life was like for Victoria and Albert, but what was it like for a commoner? How did it feel to cook with coal and wash with tea leaves? Drink beer for breakfast and clean your teeth with cuttlefish?
Join Mill patron and star of the BBCs Victorian Farm, Ruth Goodman on Thursday 12th of October to discover how regular people lived in Victorian England with this fascinating talk in the intimate setting of the barn.
A licensed bar will be available at this event, and there will also be time for a question and answer session at the conclusion of Ruth’s talk.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Tickets are priced at £18. Please email info@heronmill.org or call 01539 564271 to book.

Acorn Bank Mill

Flour Power: The Challenges of Restoring a Formerly Derelict Watermill

  • 18 November 2017 2-4pm

Acorn Bank Watermill is a 19th century mill owned and operated by the National Trust, which is situated on the Acorn Bank Estate near Penrith. The mill ran for centuries producing flour, but fell into a state of ruin in the 1940s. Thanks to a group of dedicated volunteers and work experience teams, the mill and its machinery have been now been fully restored and open to the public since 1995, with the mill once again producing fresh flour.
On Saturday November 18th Acorn Bank Mill volunteers Bob Price and Richard Harland will join us for a fascinating talk documenting the process of returning this historic Mill to its former glory.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Tickets are priced at £5. Please email info@heronmill.org or call 01539 564271 to book.

Heron Corn Mill and Mill Barn
Heron Corn Mill,
Mill Lane,
Beetham,
Milnthorpe
Cumbria
LA7 7PQ
England

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Website

web address

www.heronmill.org

E-mail

general

info@heronmill.org

hire barn

booking@heronmill.org

Telephone

01539 564271

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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