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Stretton Mill and Steps, Millrace and Sluice Adjoining

A Grade II* Listed Building in Stretton, Cheshire West and Chester

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Coordinates

Latitude: 53.0716 / 53°4'17"N

Longitude: -2.8156 / 2°48'56"W

OS Eastings: 345450

OS Northings: 353014

OS Grid: SJ454530

Mapcode National: GBR 7F.BDL8

Mapcode Global: WH891.Q2F3

Entry Name: Stretton Mill and Steps, Millrace and Sluice Adjoining

Listing Date: 18 July 1972

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1279423

English Heritage Legacy ID: 403423

Location: Stretton, Cheshire West and Chester, SY14

County: Cheshire West and Chester

Civil Parish: Stretton

Traditional County: Cheshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cheshire

Church of England Parish: Tilston St Mary

Church of England Diocese: Chester

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Listing Text

SJ 45 SE STRETTON C.P. MILL LANE
South Side

3/46 Stretton Mill and steps,
millrace and sluice
adjoining

18/7/72

GV II*

Water-powered cornmill C16 and C17, extended C18 and C19.
Weatherboarded oak frame and coursed red sandstone with brown brick
leanto extension and chimney of stone and brick at rear; graded grey
slate roof, stone plinth and stone replacement as part of the walls of
the older (right) part of the mill. C19 extension, left, of stone. 2
storeys plus attic grain store. External overshot wheel of timber on
right gable wall. Divided boarded door of oak. 1 leaded casement and
1 iron-barred opening to lower storey and 3 leaded casements to upper
storey at front; 1 leaded casement to upper storey and to attic in
west gable; all have oak shutters on wrought iron hinges. East gable
end has camber-arched barred opening to the internal wheel-pit with an
oak boarded loading-door above flanked by small leaded and shuttered
casements. 2 leaded, shuttered casements in C18 leanto at rear, and
boarded door. The chimney of stone has a diagonal flue of brick; the
stonework bears carved initials and dates: IHM 1763; JOHN HUGHES; GD;
HB; ?W 17?? Bargeboards; eaves have exposed rafters. Adjoining east
gable wall is a flight of stone steps up mill dam, and a stone-walled
millrace with sluice.
Interior contains a breastwheel in C19 extension, left, driving a
complete train of mid-Victorian largely cast iron machinery, and
(right) a train of restored largely C18 wooden machinery driven by the
external wheel. On lower storey at rear is a forge-hearth. On upper
floor (reached by steep stair left of entrance) are the underdrift
millstones, ancillary equipment and hoist-hatch. In the leanto
extension are carved on east side of chimney: PB; IR; IMO; 1640;
EW(?); PB 1712. Grain loft (access by ladder) in older (right) part
of main building contains 2 diagonal-strut oak trusses with
windbraces, chamfered oak purlins and diagonally set ridge-piece. The
oak frame and kingpost truss of the former left gable (now between the
older part and the C19 extension of the mill) survives. The mill
machinery (restored by Dr Cyril Boucher partly at the expense of the
Science Museum, in 1967) is of national importance. J H Norris The
Water-powered Cornmills of Cheshire, O J P Bott Cornmill Sites in
Cheshire Parts 2 & 3, Cheshire History Nos.11 and 13. . . .


Listing NGR: SJ4545053014

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