Charlecote Mill, which dates from about 1800, is a rarity in Britain. It still produces flour 5 days a week with production of up to 2.5 tonnes each week. Powered by two large undershot waterwheels from the River Avon, the mill grinds wheat between French burr millstones to make conventional wholemeal wheat flour and unbleached white flour, suitable for bread making but also specialising in Chapatti flour for the local Asian communities.
Proposals put forward by the Upper Avon Navigation Trust to raise the level of the river would prevent the waterwheels from working and so destroy one of the very last commercial watermills in the country. Find out the full details and their implications as well as how you can help us to try and save this precious piece of our heritage.
In May 2015 Charlecote Mill was featured in an episode of BBC Countryfile with Matt Baker and Anita Rani.
This link will take you to a film especially made for the TCMG. .
VISITING, DIRECTIONS, PRODUCE, CATERING, AND ACCOMMODATION
Directions: The mill is on the Charlecote Road out of the village of Hampton Lucy. Four miles east of Stratford-upon-Avon. One mile North West of Charlecote Park main entrance (National Trust), approximately five miles south of Junction 15 (Warwick) on the M40 (take A429 south). Do not confuse with Wellesbourne Mill, another interesting watermill, on the Kineton Road out of Wellesbourne. See map: Google Maps
Opening Hours: Charlecote Mill is open to visitors in 2015 on the second Sunday of each month from Easter to October inclusive and bank Holiday Mondays from 11am to 5pm. Please check website for further details, group bookings etc. The mill is open daily for flour sales, but it is best to call ahead first to ensure the miller is not out doing deliveries.
Shop: Open Monday to Friday and on open days to sell a small range of flour, books, and merchandise.
Wholesale/Trade Details: Strong Wholemeal and Unbleached White Flour and Wholemeal Chapatti Flour using local wheat. Delivery is free to Leamington, Warwick, Kenilworth, Stratford Upon Avon and Coventry for orders over £10.00.