Charlecote Mill Charlecote Road Hampton Lucy, Warwick CV35 8BB
Charlecote Mill is located just south of Warwick, in the village of Hampton Lacy. There has been a flour mill at this site since 1086 and is still in active use today. Open to the public on the second Sunday of each month, Chartlecote Mill provides an instructive afternoon of the milling process.
The present mill building and mill house were built by the Lucy estate, and are still owned by Sir Edmund Fairfax Lucy. The mill was built in 1752 and has imposing eighteen inch thick walls. The names of the millers in the nineteenth and early twentieth century can be ascertained from trade directories, etc.
The name of one, William Witherington (miller from 1845 to 1864), can be seen carved in the brickwork on the top floor. The last millers were Newbery and Son, from 1936 to the 1950s.
From the time of the Second World War, the traditional water-powered mill was long gone. It has been replaced by other, more efficient technology. The only equipment driven by waterpower was the sack hoist.
In 1978, the mill was used by the BBC for the filming of a TV adaptation of George Eliot’s The Mill on the Floss.
Charlecote Mill is open on the second Sunday of each month from Easter until October and on most Bank Holidays from 11.00am to 5.00pm. The mill also welcomes private parties of visitors for those who would like to spend a bit more time at the mill. You can request a personalised tour and get insight into the history of milling on the site over more than 250 years.
As a working mill, you can also purchase the freshly milled flour from the mill. All of their wheat comes from local farms and the fruit of their labour support dozens of bakeries and restaurants in the local area.