Sacrewell Watermill and Mill House


The rich history of Sacrewell’s Grade II* listed, 18th century watermill goes back, as far as we know, to 1086 and the Domesday book, although the lie of the land suggests the Romans were using water power at Sacrewell hundreds of years earlier – perhaps even from the sacred well that gives Sacrewell its name.

The current watermill was built in 1755 and remained a working mill until 1965, when it was no longer profitable. The watermill was one of three mills mentioned in the Domesday book so its significance culturally is a high priority for preservation. The buildings contain an original, complete set of mill machinery including a cast iron overshot wheel and a pit wheel which are still in working order.

Brief Description of Works: 

  • Construction of a bespoke educational facility
  • Creation of accommodation for residential training courses
  • Conservation and restoration of walls, roofs, floors, stairways, wiring and lighting
  • Restoration of the mechanics of the working watermill
  • Improving accessibility where possible
  • New interpretation including update of Mill House rooms, kitchen and bakery
  • Installation of Hydro Electric scheme
  • Installation of fire and intruder systems
  • Surveys and works to Mill Pond

Contract Details: 

Value: £1m
Client: The William Scott Abbott Trust
Duration: 44 weeks
Completion: May 2015