Lurgashall Mill was built in the 17th century at Lurgashall a village about four miles north of Petworth, from local stone. It used water from several streams which eventually flow into the River Rother near Halfway Bridge. The mill had been rebuilt and modified at least once in its working life. The machinery mostly dates from the 19th century. The mill served not only the village and its locality, but also the residents of Petworth House and Park (the Leconfield Estate), and at one time it had two waterwheels, each driving independent sets of machinery. One set survives. There were two sets of grindstones to each waterwheel. It was moved to the Weald and Downland Museum to preserve it.
VISITING, DIRECTIONS, PRODUCE, CATERING, AND ACCOMMODATION
Directions: The Museum is situated 7 miles north of Chichester, West Sussex on the A286. See map: Google Maps
Opening Hours: The water mill operates every day that the Museum is open – daily from I March until 31 October, from 10.30am to 6.00pm, last admissions at 5.00pm.Winter Opening 1st November to end February, Saturdays and Sundays only. 10.30am to 4.00pm. Also open every day during the school half term holiday in February. Special interest guided tours operate on most Wednesdays. Christmas/New Year Opening daily from 26th December to 1st January from 10.30am to 4.00pm
Access: Disabled access to ground floor only.
Museum shop and mill sell stoneground flour.
Wholesale/Trade: The Museum’s mill is one of the few working watermills in Britain which also sells stoneground wholemeal flour, now much in demand by discerning bakers in business and at home.
Catering : Available just over the millpond in the Museum Tearoom.
Chichester, PO18 0EU