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Once watermills were a very common sight along Birmingham's rivers. It is estimated that in the 18th century there were over fifty the area. However, of all Birmingham's watermills, only Sarehole Mill and Newhall Mill (in Sutton Coldfield) survive as standing buildings with working water-driven machinery. Visitors to Sarehole Mill will see an attractive group of buildings, including a bakehouse, a metal workshop, a granary and the mill itself, all arranged around a cobbled courtyard. Behind the mill is the pool which receives its water from nearby Coldbath Brook.
Part of a Designated Collection of national importance is on display at this venue.
Industrial heritage site
Closed End October-End March
This venue holds parts of Birmingham Museums and Galleries' Designated Collections of national importance. If you wish to see a particular item, please contact Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery.
The collections on show consist of agricultural and mill machinery. The mill stones, wheels and cogs form an integral part of the building. Also on display are agricultural implements of late Victorian times and carpenter's tools. A small display in the granary features J.R.R Tolkien, the author of the "Hobbit" and "Lord of the Rings", who lived near Sarehole as a child.
Social History, Science and Technology
Key artists and exhibits
- Working watermill, including a bakehouse, a metal workshop and granary.
- J.R.R Tolkien, the author of the "Hobbit" and "Lord of the Rings"
- Designated Collection
- 5 October 2014 12-4pm
We will be baking the Sarehole signature bread - made with Sarehole flour, honey and lavender - in the outdoor bread oven. Come and see how the mill's flour is turned into bread. Outdoor baking event free, entry charges to the mill building apply.
Baking takes place in the outdoor clay oven. Bread is available for tasting but not yet sold.
- Any age