I've been here numerous times but never come away with anything to shout about, (Molly doesn't think that much of it either). I feel it has possibilities, if it inspires you see what you can make of it and let me know.
There is a large lay by virtually opposite the access track to the mill, or room on the verge to the west of the track. Should you be totally under whelmed then Magpie Mine is only fifteen minutes away and the southern access to Monsal Dale, to the west, even less.
This place is better in winter from a vegetation point of view, but always pretty dark. The above photograph is taken from the bridge on the access track. Legend below:
A-----A hole in the ground, look down and you will find the mill tail race.
B----Don't know what this was used for. It had line shafting running in front of it.
D----Another matching wheel.
E----A separate building enclosing a smaller wheel and with a couple of high pressure feed pipes. As if it held a stone saw.
F-----The exit of the Magpie mine sough.
G----The mill weir.
I can find no recorded history of this mill. I believe that it was owned by Chatsworth Estates and built to utilise the timber in Great Shacklow woods. Bobbins being manufactured for use in the mills at Litton and Cressbrook. Below are a few of my better efforts. I'll leave to your imagination the standard of the most of the others.
SOUGH DEDICATION STONE
DETAIL OF THE GEARING ON THE WHEEL
I take a wide angle and zoom, a flash is useful and an assistant for holding it, not much call for anything else. Don't forget your wellies. Please try not to be put off. The pictures may be grim but the location is very pleasant. If only as a sandwich stop.
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