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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
From Mordor to the Misty Mountains
Selected photographic works by John Cockshaw. Landscape, architectural and macro photograpy are combined to illustrate locations from ‘The Lord of the Rings’. Works are on display in the mill tearoom and admission is free. Admission prices to the mill apply.
Photographic artworks in which landscape, architectural and macro photography are combined to illustrate locations and dramatic scenes from J.R.R Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings.
Inspired by the author's detailed and evocative written descriptions of landscape, the focus is set largely on the varied locations of Middle-earth. To allow the character of Middle-earth to stand as a living, breathing entity at the forefront of each composition any story references in the individual pieces are largely suggestive and characters, where any appear, reside either on the periphery of the scene or are set small within the frame.
The selection is chosen from a collection of 50 pieces, which forms an ongoing project.