Spotlight on...Bunbury mill
Bunbury mill is situated just three miles from the Sandstone Trail, in two acres of wildlife rich Cheshire countryside on the river Gowy at the edge of Bunbury village.
Built in the 1840s, it is a marvelously preserved example of early Victorian engineering. Much of the machinery is original, and after 175 years it still grinds local grain to produce fine wholemeal flour which can be purchased at the visitor centre. It is currently maintained and operated by a team of volunteers working for the Bunbury Watermill Trust.
The 10-ton overshot water wheel provides power for three sets of stones and an auxiliary drive. Visitors are conducted on a 45 minute tour of the working mill by our expert guides, and gain first-hand experience of all aspects of the milling process. Fuller details are available on the Trust's website www.bunburymill.com.
The separate visitor centre provides toilet facilities (including disabled), a variety of interesting exhibits and small items for sale, and a very popular tea room offering teas, coffee, sandwiches and scrumptious home-made cakes. Special catering can be arranged on request, including bespoke lunches and afternoon teas.
If the weather is kind, visitors can enjoy the idyllic picnic area by the mill pond, watch and feed our resident ducks, and perhaps spot the grey wagtails, kingfishers, butterflies, and several species of dragonfly. Visitors are also welcome to bring your own picnic and sit out on the sunny lawns.
The mill is open to casual visitors on Sunday afternoons and bank holidays from 1-5 p.m. throughout the summer months. Group visits can be made at other times by arrangement. Visits to the nearby Bunbury church and Bunbury locks can contribute to a fascinating day out.
There is ample free car parking and access to the grounds is free at any time. Wheelchair access to the mill is unfortunately limited to the ground floor of the mill. For further information visit our website www.bunburymill.com or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Author: Peter Robinson, Bunbury Mill Trust