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Heritage on the Ridge - Bunbury's Historic Water Mill

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Bunbury Mill is a huge favourite on the Cheshire Sandstone Ridge.

This historic Water Mill likely dates from late 1844, the Peckforton Estate Accounts for the years previous to 1844, describing the Mill as 'burned down', as was often the fate of buildings which were constructed mainly of timber.

The present Mill was certainly in working order by 1 November 1844, since the Estate accounts of that year record ... 'Reserved Rent. William Fenna .... a proportion of £18 a year rent to Martinmas for the mill, house, qarden and water priveledqe. 10/-' ...

The glass-plate photograph of the Water Mill used to illustrate this article, shows a large group of individuals, possibly the wife and daughters of John Lovekin (junior) who had moved back to Bunbury Mill to take over the running of the business from his father, John Lovekin (senior). John and his wife Harriet had several children, all girls. If this photograph is of a Lovekin family image, then it is likely to be dated from the late 1880s.

On the 1891 Census, John is resident at the Mill (Higher Bunbury) together with his wife and with 8 of their daughters.

This restored historic Watermill is open to visitors every Sunday and each Bank Holiday Monday until late October and gives a perfect insight into the life of a Victorian miller.

Guided tours last for approximately 45 minutes and cover the history and running of the Watermill.

The Watermill is a perfect Sunday afternoon visit and with the Lockgate Coffee House providing all the cakes for this season, you will not be disappointed.

Our thanks to Bunbury Mill for use of this archive – CLICK HERE to be directed to their site and to confirm opening times/admission charges.

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