Daniels Mill and it’s impressive waterwheel have been carefully restored to it’s former glory.

The watermill is virtually unaltered since the 18th Century and still in the ownership of the same family for over 250 years.

Daniels Mill is a fully working watermill set in the idyllic Shropshire countryside, deep in a wooded valley crossed by the 19th century viaduct carrying the Severn Valley Railway to Bridgnorth.

Visitors to this tourist attraction are taken back in time when the mill wheel turns and a steam train from the Severn Valley Railway crosses the viaduct at the same time.

See wheat being turned into flour by the heavy millstones in the traditional way used for centuries and experience the sight and sounds of yesteryear.

There are walks around peaceful pools and the old mill ruin with conducted tours for all visitors to the mill. A gift shop is open and and 100% wholemeal flour available for sale. Tea, coffee and scones made from our own milled flour are available to mill visitors.

History Of Daniels Mill

Daniel’s Mill has stood on this site for many centuries, its name has changed little over the years, originally Donynges Mill it changed to Dunnings Mill in the 17th Century, was listed in the 1841 Census as Dunnells Mill and by 1880 was called Daniel’s Mill.

The mill has been enlarged and  altered several times in history. The original structure would have bourne no resemblance  to the present building. Originally it would have been a low structure having  only two floors and extending parallel to the present wheel as far as the back  wall of the lower yard. It is probable that the wheel would have been on the  opposite end of the building to the present one and would have been of wooden  construction and much smaller. The entrance to the Mill for delivery of corn to  be ground would have been at the bottom.

The property was originally part  of the Pitchford Estate of the Otteley family, who owned much of the land in  Bridgnorth and surrounding parishes. The earliest reference to the Mill and  land surrounding it appears around the late 15th century, when it  was known as ‘Donynges’ or ‘Dunnings’ Mill. It remained in the hands of the  estate until the 18th century, and in the early centuries was  probably worked by a Journeyman Miller, who would visit the mill when there was  work for it to do.

When the earliest known resident  Millers, the Crowther, arrived at the mill it would have been enlarged and  proper living accommodation built, although it is probable that some earlier  enlargement had taken place. It is likely the first enlargement  would have taken place around the early 17th century, when land was  obtained to construct the upper, or top pool. When this pool was made, a small  Mill was built under its dam. All that remains of this mill is the back wall  and the watercourse. It would appear that there was an  upsurge in business and the time of the construction of the second mill and the  probable enlargement of the main mill building and it is reasonable to suppose  that from this time onwards it became a living with a miller in permanent  residence. The newest part of the building,  the ‘L’ extension, was the last addition and provided a kitchen, bedroom and  attic/bedroom. Even this part has had the roof raised at some stage as can be  seen by the arrangement of bricks on the gable end.

The present wheel was installed around  the middle of the 19th century and replaced an earlier wheel on the  same site, evidence of where the shaft of this wheel entered the building can  be seen in the bottom of the mill. Documents have been found which show that as  early as 1843 a steam engine had been purchased to work in conjunction with the  present wheel.

Obviously at the time it was felt that the mill had sufficient  work to need a supplement to the water supply. It is known from the old  accounts in our possession that the sluice was constructed at this time and the  gearing modified, presumably to line up with both the new wheel and the steam  engine, which would have been situated at the opposite end of the horizontal  gearing shaft to the wheel. Because of the lack of resources,  little modernisation of the house had taken place since Victorian times. This  state of affairs continued until 1946 when the current miller and resident Henry Thomason installed  electric light in the house. He steadfastly refused to have it in the mill,  saying it would be dangerous. However, he considered a guttering candle to be  quite safe! With the death of Henry in 1957 at the age of 69 the mill ceased  working.

This article has been edited and abridged from “Daniels Mill  : It’s History, Millers and Restoration” by Joyce George, available for sale at  Daniels Mill

Daniels Mill Trust,
Eardington,
Bridgnorth,
Shropshire,
WV16 5JL

Telephone 01746 762753

http://www.danielsmill.co.uk

Opening : Easter to end of October – Open daily 11am to 4pm.