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Bacheldre Mill

A Grade II Listed Building in Churchstoke, Powys

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Coordinates

Latitude: 52.5281 / 52°31'41"N

Longitude: -3.1179 / 3°7'4"W

OS Eastings: 324256

OS Northings: 292839

OS Grid: SO242928

Mapcode National: GBR B1.FWK1

Mapcode Global: VH686.XQ19

Plus Code: 9C4RGVHJ+7R

Entry Name: Bacheldre Mill

Listing Date: 9 October 1970

Last Amended: 1 October 1996

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 7723

Building Class: Industrial

Location: Located in a low lying position next to a stream which flows N into the River Caebitra. It stands in a yard at right angles to the miller's house, a double depth, masonry building with alterations, a

County: Powys

Town: Montgomery

Community: Churchstoke (Yr Ystog)

Community: Churchstoke

Locality: Bacheldre

Traditional County: Montgomeryshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Shropshire

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History

Possibly late C18. It was designed for two pairs of stones, probably one set for flour and one for animal fodder. It ground animal fodder until 1960, except during World War II when it ground flour. It was derelict until 1986 when restoration took place, and flour grinding resumed.

Exterior

The mill comprises two ranges at right angles with the front facing towards the E. The S range, orientated E-W and containing mill machinery, is of random rubble masonry and is of 1 bay and 3 storeys. It is probably the earliest part of the mill. The N range orientated N-S, is of 1 bay and 2 storeys. It has a brick front under a slate roof while its N gable is partially rebuilt, with a masonry lower storey, timber cladding above and a modern porch with a sloping roof. The rear is of random rubble masonry throughout but there is a vertical joint between the 2 ranges. Behind it is a well preserved stone-built wheel pit, the tail race running northwards in a culvert beneath the driveway. The cast iron wheel is overshot; cast iron shaft brought in from elsewhere. An earlier wooden shaft can still be seen but is not in situ. The buckets were replaced in 1986. The wheel is fed from a cast iron head stock which is supported and operated through the wall of the mill. The head stock is fed by a cast iron pipe which comes from the well preserved mill pool immediately to the S of the mill. The ground level to the S was raised to support the mill pond, and there is a plain planked door into the mill at first floor level, plus one 4-pane iron casement window.

The gable (E) elevation of the mill contains stable-type doors to the ground floor, with similar hoist access above. There are two 4-pane casement windows, one in the gable apex and one at ground floor level. The brick fronted range contains one set of stable doors, which has one light with diamond quarries. The N gable contains a loft hatch at first floor level and modern windows in the masonry section.

Interior

The mill contains a combination of original and modern machinery and is working on a regular basis. The first floor is of oak, with an original hatch and supports one pair of French burr stones underdriven by a spur wheel dating to 1847. The main vertical drive shaft passes through the floor between them and up into the 2nd storey where it operates a sack hoist. On the ground floor, the wheels and gears can be seen and include a primary gear wheel, and the spur wheel which drives two small cog wheels, each of which drives the stones above. The door frames appear to be of reused timber. Some contain sockets, and one contains an inscription with a date of 1747. Flour dressing machine in S range powered by main shaft.

Reasons for Listing

Listed as a well preserved working mill containing much original machinery and fittings, along with mill pond and wheel pit.

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