National Mills Weekend in Wales

National Mills Weekend is a celebration of the UK’s milling heritage held on the second weekend of May each year. Nationally the weekend is organised by the Mills Section of the SPAB. As many wind and water mills as are able open on one or both of the two days of the weekend. This is a great opportunity to visit and look round mills, many of which are not usually open to the public. 

National Mills Weekend, Mills open in Wales – 9th and 10th  May  2020:

UNFORTUNATELY THIS HAS HAD TO BE CANCELLED DUE TO THE COVID-19 VIRUS.

Some mills may charge for admission and most will accept donations towards expenses or their restoration fund.

The mills listed below were open in 2019, details of mills open for 2020 will be available soon.

 Central Wales.

Carmarthenshire

Cenarth Mill,  Cenarth,  Newcastle Emlyn, Carmthenshire.

A flour mill from 17th century, on a mill site of about 12th century, with timber and iron undershot waterwheel driving, two pairs of mill stones, one for barley and one for oats. Next to the Teifi falls,  part of the National Coracle  Centre.

Location –  Grid reference  – SN 270 415 .  Near A484 Teifi bridge in Cenarth .

National Mills Weekend  opening –  Call to confirm

Contact   01239 711642     www.coracle-centre.co.uk

 

Museum of Welsh Woollen Industry, Drefach Felindre, near Llandysul, SA44 5UP

On the site of a 1902  mill, recently redeveloped to show how  the processes  turned raw wool into finished cloth.

Location –  Grid reference – SN 355 392   In village of Drefach Felindre follow brown direction signs.

National Mills Weekend opening –  Saturday and  Sunday –  10.00 – 17.00

Contact –      02920 573070

 

Ceredigion

Felin Ganol, Llanrhystud near Aberystwyth, Ceredigion. SY23 5AL

A corn mill complex complete with machinery and working overshot  waterwheel, kiln, and mill house. Now producing and selling organic flours.

Location –  Grid reference SN 542 698   Approaching Llanrhystud from Aberystwyth, turn 1st left after speed limit sign, before entering village, mill is 100 yards up school lane. Turn left after the school.

National Mills Weekend opening – Sunday  11.00 – 15.00   milling demonstration at 1.30am and 2.30pm.

Contact –  Andy and Anne Parry-  01974 202272            www.felinganol.co.uk

 

Silver Mountain Experience , Ponterwyd near Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, SY23 3AB

A traditional Welsh, water powered metal mine which worked between 1745 and 1910. This mine produced ores of silver-lead and zinc, transported by sea to South Wales for smelting . Restored waterwheels  and water –powered machinery are displayed. Underground visits to the mine, museum, rock and mineral shop, tea and coffee shop.  Water play area.

Location –  Grid reference  – SN 732 809 .  On A44,  11 miles east of Aberystwyth.

National Mills Weekend  opening  10.00 – 16.00

Contact – 01970 890620     www.silvermountainexperience.co.uk

 

Y Felin, Mydroilyn,  Lampeter,  SA48 7QY

A small village corn mill, with 14 ft overshot wheel, two pairs of stones and gearing still in place., mostly 19th century , but raised roofline probably shows an earlier building, probably prior to 1740.  Old adjacent cottage, pig sties,  and later miller’s house.  Waterwheel partly restored, and other restoration work in progress.

Location –  Grid reference  SN 457552 . On B4342 in Mydroilyn village , just below the chapel (at junction with Cribyn road ) .

National Mills Weekend opening – Saturday and  Sunday  11am to 4pm.

Contact  –  Glen or  Sue James    01545 – 580758

 

Powys

Dyfi Furnace, Furnace,  near Machynlleth, Powys.

A charcoal blast furnace built in 1755, which was powered by  a spectacular waterwheel.

Location –  Grid reference – SN 685 951 .  On A487, Aberystwyth to Machynlleth road at Furnace. Car park opposite.

Website – http://cadw.gov.wales/daysout/dyfifurnace/visitorinformation?lang=en

National Mills Weekend  opening –  Site open,  Sat / Sun 10.00 –  16.00

 

Pontdolgoch Sawmill, Pontgolgoch, near Caersws,  Powys, SY17 5NJ

A  large circular saw and wood working complex powered by an overshot waterwheel,  virtually unchanged since the early  1900’s.

Location –  Grid reference –  SO 010 937.   Off A470 Newtown to Machynlleth road at Pontdolgoch.

National Mills Weekend opening  –  Saturday  11.00 –  16.00

Contact – Tim Chilton  – 01686 688144

 

Coed Trewernau Mill, near Crossgates, Llandrindod Wells LD1 6PG

Entry free, limited parking either at roadside or by mill.

Location –  Grid reference –  SO 081676

Take minor road towards Abbey-cwm-hir off A483, 1.25 miles N of Crossgates. Mill is on left after about 0.8 mile, down short steep unmade track.

Very small rural corn mill, lacking water wheel but retaining most of its working parts. Wooden machinery. An exceptional and important survival.

National Mills Weekend opening – Sunday only 11.00 – 4.00

Contact – Mel Walters –  0771 2663202

 

Pontysgawrhyd Mill, Meifod, Welshpool, Powys. SY22 6XT

A large scale  mill built in 1810, built on a previous 16th century mill site and waterways, currently under restoration, retains undershot waterwheel , two pairs of mill stones. Machinery and wheel thought to be by William Hazeldine.

Location –   Grid reference  –  SJ 195155.  Turn off  A495 3 miles north of Meifod, on to A490 towards Welshpool for ¾ mile, mill entrance on the right just  before bridge.

National Mills Weekend opening –  Sunday   10.00 –  18.00

Contact Dave or Jane Wadley   – 01938-500827

 

Talgarth Mill, The Square, Talgarth, Powys.  LD3 0BW

A flour mill stopped working in the 1940’s , but now part of a community project to re-vitalise the town. Extensive renovation project, to bring back to working condition, now complete. Hope to be grinding flour on National Mills Weekend, with tours every hour

Location –  In centre of town , next to town hall.

National Mills Weekend opening –  Saturday and Sunday  10.00 – 16.00

Contact –  01874-711352     www.talgarthmill.org.uk   Felin Talgarth Mill @ Twitter

 

South West Wales

Y Felin ,  St Dogmaels, Nr Cardigan. SA43 3DY

A working watermill probably late 13th century, restored by present owners in 1981. Producing wholemeal and speciality flours.

Location – Grid reference  SN  165 459.  Follow signs for St Dogmaels Abbey. About 1 mile west of Cardigan. Second turning on left on entering village

National Mills Weekend opening times –  Saturday 10.00 – 16.00  Tours at 11.00, 12.00, 13.00, 14.00

Contact – Emma  Hall – 07825-250562 or  01239 613999

 

Carew Tide  Mill, near Tenby, Pembrokeshire.

A corn mill built in early 1800’s,  powered by the tidal currents, to drive six pairs of mill stones.  Open for visitors but not operating at present.

Location –  Grid reference SN 042 038   Turn off A4777 onto A4075 at Carew. Mill is 1st left in Mill Lane.

National Mills Weekend opening –   Saturday and  Sunday   10.00 – 16.30 . Corn dolly workshop 14.30 – 16.00

Contact  01646 651782

 

MelinTregwynt, Castle Morris, near Haverfordwest . SA62 5UX

A working woollen mill, still producing  unique woollen goods which are exported worldwide.

Location –  Grid reference SM 894 348  .  Off A487 Fishguard to St Davids road, about 5 miles from Fishguard.

National  Mills Weekend opening – Saturday and Sunday  10.00 – 17.00,

Contact –  Eifion Griffiths – 01348 891225    www.melintregwynt.co.uk

 

South Wales

St Fagans Museum of Welsh Life, near Cardiff.

A museum site containing , a relocated gorse mill, woollen mill, tannery , sawmill,  were water powered on their original sites. The  corn mill with a waterwheel operated by  re-circulated water.

Location –Grid ref-  ST 110 770. Off junction 33 of M4, West of Cardiff, follow brown signs.

National Mills Weekend – open Sat / Sun   10.00 –  17.00  Free admission. Car park  £3.50

Contact –  0300 1112333    www.museumwales.ac.uk/en/stfagans

Y Felin Ddwr, Parkmill and Craft Centre , Gower, Swansea, SA3 3EM

A corn mill and farm complex retaining waterwheel and  machinery, currently operating as a heritage and   craft centre.

Location –   Grid reference  – SS 534 893

National Mills Weekend opening –  Saturday 10.00 – 17.00  Sunday –  10.00 – 17.00

Contact  –  Sarah,  01792 371206   www.gowerheritagecentre.co.uk

 

Mathern Mill, Mathern, Chepstow, Monmouthshire, NP16 6LG,

A corn mill whose existence can be traced back to at least the 17th century. Although milling ceased in 1968 much of the Victorian machinery remains intact. There are 4 pairs of millstones and a brick built engine house which housed a steam engine to supplement the water supply. The mill is unrestored and only the ground floor will be open to visitors.

Location – Grid reference    ST515916  –    On entering Mathern village from A48, turn right at the war memorial and follow lane for 400yds.

National Mills Weekend opening –  Saturday 14.00 –  17.00 , Sunday  14.00 –  17.00

Contact Dave & Jan Bowen   01291- 622282

 

Aberdulais Tin Works and waterfall, Neath, SA10 8EU.

This steep gorge is the site of an early tinplate works. Now contains what is claimed to be the largest water wheel in Europe generating electricity, together with a water turbine driving  another generator. Owned by the National Trust .

Location –  Grid reference   SS 771994   At Aberdulais, on A4109, about 3 miles NE of Neath.

National Mills Weekend opening –  Saturday and Sunday  – 10.30 – 16.00

Entry fee if not National Trust member.

Contact –  01639-636674    aberdulais@nationaltrust.org.uk

Website –  http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/aberdulais-tinworks-and-waterfall/    In

 

Llanyrafon Watermill, Cwmbran, NP44 8HP

A 3-storey stone built mill, which worked until 1951, and was damaged by fire subsequently.

Now owned by Torfaen Council and under restoration by the Friends of Llanyrafon Mill, when funding permits. Has iron machinery and a small overshot waterwheel.

Location – Grid reference ST303946     Llanyrafon Way,Cwmbran, Torfaen.  Leave A4042 at Crown roundabout towards Cwmbran, on Llanfrechfa Way, Take 4th on right, then immediately left on to tarmac path to social club and mill car park.

National Mills Weekend opening – Saturday and Sunday  14.00– 16.00.

Cwmbran and District Amateur Radio Association will be in attendance , on air to other mills and anyone else who wishes to join in.  Free admission.

At other times – Bank Holidays  by appointment, or phone before visting.

Contact – Marion Davies, tel  01633-482780.

Email –  marmill@marmill321.plus.com

Website –  www.welshmills.org.uk/llanyrafon.m0.html

 

North Wales

Llynon Windmill, Llanddeusant, Holyhead, Anglesey, LL65 4AB

Built in 1775, in operation until storm damaged in 1918, but now restored as the  only working windmill in Wales.  Location –   Follow brown signs.

National Mills Weekend opening – Saturday and Sunday  Call to confirm opening times

Contact  –    01407 – 730797   Richard Holt

 

National Slate  Museum, Llanberis,    LL55 4TY

A 50ft  waterwheel built in Caernarfon in 1870 which turns again, is part of the restored foundry and workshops complex, and quarrymens’ houses. |Slate  splitting demonstrations .

Café and shop .

Location –  Grid reference  SH 586 603 . Off A4086 at Llanberis . Follow signs to Llyn Padarn Country Park.

Opening times –  daily    Easter to October 10.00 – 17.00

National Mills Weekend –  Saturday and Sunday  10.00 – 16.00

Last admission – 1 hour before closing, but recommend at least 2 hours before closing.

Contact  –  0300-1112333        www.museumwales.ac.uk/en/slate

 

Trefriw Woollen Mills, Conwy Valley   LL27 ONQ

Originally the site of a water-powered fulling mill, or pandy, the present building dates from the 1960s. The machinery is powered by a Boving hydro-electic turbine dating from the 1940s. Traditional methods of production are used for Welsh bedspreads, tweeds and travelling rugs. Museum of carding engines, mules, etc

Location  In centre of Trefriw, on B5106 Betws-y-Coed to Conwy road, about 5 miles N of Betws-y-Coed.  Grid reference: SH 780 631 National Mills Weekend opening times –   Saturday 10.00-17.00   Shop and turbine house.

Contact  –  Elaine Williams, tel. 01492 640462.

Felin Cochwillan, Tal-y-Bont, Bangor.

Location -Grid reference: SH 601 698   OS sheet: 115 Postcode: LL57 3YB Turn off A55 at Penrhyn Castle into Tal-y-Bont village.

Built originally as a fulling mill about 200 years ago, was converted later to a corn and oatmeal mill with four pairs of millstones, an oatmeal fan, grain cleaner, dressing machine and a drying kiln. In process of being restored to working order. Opening times 2019 – Visitors welcome by appointment only.

National Mills Weekend opening times 2019 Sunday 12th May 10.30 – 16.00. Contact – Cora and Howard Hutchinson, tel. 01248 362800.

Email – info@felincochwillan.co.uk

Web site – www.felincochwillan.co.uk