The Watermill probably dates back to the early 19th Century. Like many mills in these parts, bobbins were made here for the Lancashire Cotton industry. Using the power of the River Sprint and locally sourced Sweet Chestnut timber, the mill produced thousands of turned bobbins each day. The coppice wood source used still exists today, some 400 metres away. It’s possible to see echoes of that industry all around if you look closely enough – old tree stumps, ground features where sluices were, etc.
The mill was abandoned after a fire destroyed the roof and sometime in the mid 1980s the building was converted into 4 small Holiday Lets for used in the tourism and leisure industry. After 35 years it’s time to bring this beautiful building in such a breathtaking location up to date. Carefully and with sympathy to the industrial heritage that went before, we are renovating and putting back features that have been lost in time. Sadly, the wheel is long gone but where it worked and the effect it had on the local landscape can still be seen.
This is how the watermill looks before renovation started:
There is an excellent English Heritage Bobbin Mill not far from us at Stott Park. At certain times of the year demonstrations are given of how these amazing buildings worked. See here for more details.
We hope to have The Watermill available to rent in the summer 2018. We’ve stripped the building and have now reconfigured it as one unit with 4 deluxe bedrooms sleeping 8 people. All bedrooms have views over the river and have en suite bathroom with either a bath or a shower. A large terrace at the back of the building over looks a waterfall.