I live in a camper van with a West Highland Terrier for company.
My passion is creating images but it is a work in progress.
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Tuesday 20 October 2009

TURNED OUT NICE. PART 1. (20/10/09)

After a night and morning of torrential rain I couldn't decide what to do. The dog had to go out so decided to walk down to the Tide Mill. Melin Heli in Welsh, which was going to be the title of this post. One thing led to another and realizing that wet is wet decided to include the castle on the itinary whilst we had the world to ourselves. A small consideration being that the entry fee to the mill also included entry to the castle.
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA  THE FRENCH TIDE MILL CAREW........This building dates back to 1541, and there are records of a mill on the site previous to this. Why it's called a french mill is open to some conjecture. The most likely explanation being that the french used tidal mills on the long winding creeks of Brittany and that the Normans built it. The other, less likely in my opinion, is that they employed French millstones, that they certainly did, for here is one.
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA      These are made up in segments then iron bound and were regarded as superior to the one piece Derbyshire stones. You can hardly expect me to agree, scurrilous propaganda by those Normans I think!
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA      This wheel controls the sluice allowing water onto one of the two water wheels, included out of whimsy. Why have an arrow pointing in two directions. What other direction could the wheel possibly go in. Must have something to do with the French and arrows, never were very good with them.
Ground floor view and first floor with a grinding wheel.
Winding drum for hauling sacks of grain to the top of the mill and I think the second is a rotary sieve for flour grading. My bit of paper got too wet to be of help I'm afraid.
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA This is a winnowing machine and removes the husks from the wheat, this is bran and was obviously sold straight to Kellogg!
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA   What is this doing here? It's a hearse.....The mind boggles....especially in the light of the following information. When the mill became uncompetitive in the early 1930's it was used briefly for the grinding of bones for fertilizer.
Had the devils own job in here, natural light from windows, tungsten bulbs, the odd mercury lamp and for all that it was as black as a witches hat. All but the first interior image and the last are shot with off camera fill flash, the other two with on camera fill. The young lady looking after the place came to see what I was doing, having no other customers, so was co opted into holding the flash gun.
'I won't feel a tingle will I?'
' You shouldn't, but be sure to let me know if you do!'
Interesting place, also acquired two more nature guides in the Collins series so half a good day.
Am into this semi sepia look, if you don't like it say so. I'm not promising it will make any difference but feel free to express an opinion.
That's all.


  1. They are lovely pictures of the "olde" grinding wheel, nice one Adrian.

  2. Beautiful post of the old mill...wonderful.

  3. Thanks Bob, thanks Crista, never really got light this morning, but managed a few could have done with another flash unit but struggle to comprehend the one I've got.

  4. I imagine all of that antique machinary makes for very interesting angles. Lovely pics.

  5. Very interesting Adrian. I have explored several wind mills but never had a good nose round a water mill. Beautifully clear photos. Your extra hand with the fill flash worked well.

  6. They are lovely photos. Love the hearse - the mind boggles!! I thought those photos very suited to sepia.

  7. Firefly, sometimes you get lucky, would take a choreographed shoot to do it justice. Have to cover windows switch off lights and work with multiple flash.
    John, they have restored one wheel but you can't really see it as it's lit from above through a perspex guard. Will go back and see what can be done.
    Pauline, As hearses go it's fine, they have a tendency to be in reasonable order, pretty low mileage vehicles.