Sturminster Newton Mill is one of a series of ancient flour mills built on the River Stour. It is in a picturesque setting on the south bank approximately 300 yards upstream of a fine mediaeval six-arched bridge. Although it is thought that there may have been a mill on this site in Saxon times, the first record is contained in the Domesday Book of 1086, which mentions four mills in the Sturminster area. The present L-shaped building consists of south and north wings. The south wing, which sits firmly on the river bank, was last re-built c.1650 on a centuries old site. The north wing, which juts out into the river, was originally a completely separate fulling mill built in 1611. It was demolished in the late 18th century and re-built in brick on its original stone base to join with and extend the grain mill. Until the turn of the 20th century Sturminster Newton mill was powered by a pair of undershot water wheels working side by side which drove four sets of stones. The last pair of water wheels, fitted by William Munden of Ringwood in 1849, were capable of a combined output of 12 horse power. In 1904 the mill was upgraded and the two water wheels were replaced with a single water turbine.
This year we are celebrating 1,000 years of milling on the Stour with many extra events and a prize draw.
Saturday 26th March to Thursday 29th September 2016
Mondays, Thursdays, Saturdays & Sundays 11am – 5pm
Admission: Adults £3.00 Children £1.00
Special group rates available. Days and times negotiable.
EVENTS AT THE MILL
On the second weekend each month we will have a milling weekend.
Saturday 7th May CREAM TEAS in the afternoon (undercover if wet).
Sunday 12th June FAMILY FUN afternoon with many activities for children and adults – bring a picnic.
Saturday 2nd July 10.30am – 12.00pm (approx.) BOOGIE-WOOGIE FESTIVAL
at the Mill (weather permitting)
Saturday13th August 2.30pm – 4.30pm CREAM TEAS at the Mill (undercover if wet)
STONEGROUND WHOLEMEAL PLAIN FLOUR will be available at
both the Mill and the Museum. £1 for 0.5 Kg. and £2.50 for 1.5 Kg.
There are three floors of working machinery to explore including:
1. The turbine room
2. The meal floor
3. The bin floor
4. The stone floor
5. The corridor
6. The north wing bin loft
7. North wing middle floor
8. North wing ground floor
Our informal guided tours with our mill supervisors will explain to you how stone ground flour was produced and will be able to answer your questions. However, if you prefer to roam the mill on your own, you are very welcome to do so.
We also have a shop in the Mill selling local souvenirs, gifts, toys. coffee and cold drinks
The Mill has a nearby car park, toilets, riverside views, a picnic area alongside the river Stour and country walks for all the family to enjoy. There is a 14th century country inn within 1/2 mile and local fishing permits are available from nearby shops.
Wheelchair users are made welcome free of charge, but please note that wheelchair access is available to the ground floor only.
Visits by parties are welcome and these can also be arranged to take place outside normal opening hours, by prior arrangement with the Mill Supervisors.
(Contact Peter Loosmore on 01747 854355)
Events at the Mill
During the opening season we hold a number of milling weekends where we winnow the grain in the mornings and grind corn into flour in the afternoons.
Sam looks out at the Boogie Woogie Boo0gie Woogie at the Mill