Sarehole Mill Museum
The 250-year-old mill at Sarehole is one of only two surviving working watermills in Birmingham. The cobbled courtyard and mill pool are a tranquil haven away from 21st century life, while the buildings and their impressive machinery give a unique insight into the lives of the millers who once inhabited this rural retreat. The mill was the childhood haunt of J.R.R Tolkien. His family moved to Birmingham in 1896 and for four years they lived in a house overlooking the mill pond. Tolkien and his brother spent many hours playing around the mill. He used the mill and nearby Moseley Bog as inspiration for ‘The Shire’ in ‘The Hobbit’ and ‘Lord of the Rings’.
Today, the mill retains the same tranquil rural atmosphere which Tolkien loved, and the millpond provides a haven for wildlife including kingfishers, herons and moorhens. Over the winter of 2012/13 both mill and millpond have undergone a major restoration and refurbishment project. As a result Sarehole is now once again a working mill and visitors can experience the mill in action when it grinds corn on Sundays and most Wednesdays during the open season.
Opening Times: Tues-Sun 12 – 4pm from Easter to 3rd November. Closed Mondays except Bank holidays.
Costs: £3 (£2 consessions) Children under 16 free (must be accompanied by an adult). Admission charges apply to the mill building only. Gardens, grounds and tea room are free to visit.
Photo Credits: © Copyright Sarehole Mill
For further information please visit: http://www.birminghammuseums.org.uk