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Sarehole Mill Pond photo tour

Sarehole Mill overlooks an idyllic waterside view; the Mill Pond. Home to a collection of wildlife and beautifully wild gardens, it is one of the joys of visiting the property.

A long decking area at the rear of the building looks out onto the water. A small jetty is used by visitors to the Mill for pond dipping to discover the local wildlife.

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Waterside planting encourages an ecosystem to grow. Blooming country flowers are prominent features in the garden.

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Following the quirky layout of the property, the garden has nooks and crannies too. Vibrant flowerbeds and a wide range of different flowers create a welcoming country garden.

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It is the simple, relaxed restoration of Sarehole Mill which gives this museum its charm. Such care has been taken to create a wonderfully rural atmosphere, staying true to the Mill’s original purpose. At the front of the property, an old millstone is propped up for understated decoration.

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Visiting Sarehole Mill and the Mill Pond is taking a step back to simpler times; hidden from the bustling city by vibrant foliage and a quintessentially country garden, the property is a rustic delight to explore. Open Tuesday to Sunday, take a look at Sarehole Mill to help plan your trip.

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Inside Sarehole Mill photo tour

Hidden away a short ten minute drive from Moseley town centre, Sarehole Mill is a delightfully maintained mill, one of only two working watermills in Birmingham. Now open to the public as a museum and working mill, this beautiful building is perfect for an afternoon visit. Here’s a look at the building’s interesting contents.

The courtyard sits at the entrance to the Mill, created by the L shape of the buildings. In the courtyard is a small outbuilding, housing an original bread oven.

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The interior of Sarehole Mill is filled with fascinating machinery, demonstrating how the mill was run. Some of it still in working condition, the sound of running water, which powers the mill, fills the building.

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Carefully placed details show visitors the items used in the mill. Monogrammed sacks were used to store and transport flour, hoisted from a hook in the ceiling to be lowered down trapdoors.

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The water wheel was used to power the mill, pushing this wooden structure to turn the millstones via a complicated mechanism.

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A new steam engine was added to the Mill in the 1850s to power the machinery when water was running low. The original steam engine has been replaced with an accurate replica.

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Visitors can discover the history of Sarehole Mill, including copies of the Sarehole Mill account book. There are so many quirky corners of the Mill to explore, it’s worth a visit in person. Every Sunday, there is a milling demonstration! Visit Sarehole Mill for more information to plan your trip.

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Sarehole Mill


Sarehole Mill is one of only two working watermills left in Birmingham. The structure standing today was built in 1750, although a mill was documented at this site from the Tudor period.

Notably, in 1755, Matthew Boulton, a key figure in the Industrial Revolution taking place in Birmingham, leased the mill and made some alterations, including the introduction of metal machinery.

The building was a working mill until 1919, when it became unused and derelict for many years. Upon suggestions of demolition, a local community campaign saved the mill and it was restored in 1969.

Now, Sarehole Mill is run by Birmingham Museums Trust and is open to the public from April to November. In the winter of 2012-2013, the mill underwent a large restoration project, including draining and repairing the millpond, renovating the mill itself, and restoring a Victorian bakery on the property which houses an original oven from the 1890s.

JRR Tolkien

JRR Tolkien, author of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, spent part of his childhood in Sarehole. The mill is associated with Tolkien as it is believed he drew inspiration from the building and its surroundings in his creation of ‘The Shire’.

Sarehole Mill now offers a permanent exhibition, ‘Signposts to Middle-Earth’, which explores JRR Tolkien’s time spent in Sarehole.

Fact file:

Location: River Cole, Hall Green 
Built: 1542
Style: Water mill
Status: Grade II 
Use: Museum

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