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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
- 14 September 2014 12-4pm
- 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
Simply Messing About With Boats
- 23 August 2014 12-4pm
The society will provide some additional boats for visitors to try to sail. Barrel organ in the yard. Outdoor boating event is free, admission charges to the mill apply.
The Bournville boat club will sail many different models, from model cruise liners to fire boats and fishing vessels. Children - and adults! - will have the opportunity to have a go a steering a boat themselves.
Barrel organ and dancing string puppets in the mill yard.
- Any age
Adults £3.00, Concessions £2.00, Children free.
Heritage Open Days 2014: Sarehole Mill
- 12 — 14 September 2014
Sarehole Mill is one of only two surviving working watermills in Birmingham. As a childhood haunt of JRR Tolkien, Sarehole and its surroundings inspired parts of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. See the wheel in action as the working mill machinery produces wholemeal flour sold on site. Talk on Mill on Friday and bread baking on Sunday.
- Any age
Please refer to the Heritage Open Days website for booking details and timings.
- 19 September 2014 7-9pm
With the onset of dusk, you'll be provided with a bat-meter to listen for bats feeding near the mill and millpond.
Bat detectors will be provided and instructions given.
Last year our bat-meters showed that the milpond was a popular feeding ground for common pippistrelles and soprano pippistrelles. With the pond restoration finished and bat boxes in place, we hope to hear more bats this year!
- Any age
£7.00 per person, including coffee/tea. Pre-booking essential (tel. 0121 777 6612) or email firstname.lastname@example.org to book a place.