Sturminster Newton Mill is one of a series of ancient flour mills built on the River Stour. It is thought that there may have been a mill on this site in Saxon times and there is evidence that a mill existed in 1016. The Mill is recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086 where four mills in the Sturminster area are mentioned.
The present L-shaped building consists of the south and north wings. The south wing, which sits firmly on the river bank, was last rebuilt 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 rebuilt 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 horsepower. In 1904 the mill was upgraded, and the two water wheels were replaced with a single water turbine.
Last year, we celebrated 1,000 years of milling on the Stour with many extra events and a prize draw.
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
There are three floors of working machinery to explore including:
Milling weekend is every second weekend of the month.
Stoneground wholemeal plain flour is available at both the Mill and the Museum for £1 for 0.5kg and £2.50 for 1.5kg.
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 15th-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)