Sturminster Newton Museum & Mill Society | The Mill

The Mill


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.

Opening Hours

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.


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)


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:

The Mill pool

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

Harley Davison motorcycle club visit the Mill in 2010


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.

On Easter Monday each year we hold an Easter Fayre at the mill.

Town Crier

A view of the Mill from the town bridge


Sam looks out at the Boogie Woogie                          Boo0gie Woogie at the Mill



Picture Gallery

The Museum

The Museum Sturminster Newton

The museum is the thatched building prominently located in the centre of the town in Market Place with nearby parking. The museum holds exhibits showing the history of the town including the cattle market, the railway, the milk factory and local poets together with a souvenir and gift shop.

O.S. Grid Ref. St 787141 Sat. Nav. DT10 1AN Contact: 01258 817116

Free admission to the museum and shop

The Mill

The Mill Sturminster Newton

Still in good working order, the Mill provides a unique opportunity to journey back to a simpler time, where you and your family can discover the age-old secrets of harnessing natural power amidst the tranquil beauty of the read Dorset countryside.

Informal guided tours by our Mill Supervisors are highly-praised features of visits to the Mill. The Mill is close to the Town Bridge and has a car park and picnic area by the river.

OS Grid Ref. - St 782135 Sat. Nav. – DT10 2HW Contact: 01747 854355

Admission: Adults £3 Children £1


How to find Sturminster Newton


Chairman - Pat Ager - 01258 473313
Mill Supervisor - Peter Loosmore - 01747 854355
The Museum (opening hours) - 01258 471878
The Mill (opening hours) - 01258 473 760
Extra Contact - 01258 817116

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