Winchester City Mill has stood at the heart of the historic city of Winchester – the capital of Kind Alfred’s Wessex – since Saxon times. With a history of over 1000 years, Winchester City Mill is also the oldest working watermill in the country.

A rare surviving example of an urban working corn mill, the City Mill was rebuilt in 1744 and remained in use until the early 20th Century. Having entered the care of the National Trust in the late 1920’s, the City Mill was restored to full working order in 2004.





16 Comments CherryPie on May 17th 2019

16 Responses to “Winchester City Mill”

  1. The Yum List says:

    Those pretty flowers to the right of the building have captured my eye.

  2. Astrid says:

    I love places like this very much, Cherry. The woodwork and how it works and runs. We were in a working windmill last weekend, it was National Mill-day, all windmills that work were turning and open to the public.
    You had some great weather too.

    • CherryPie says:

      Last time we visited there had been a flood and the mill was being restored. The garden was closed. It was touch and go whether the mill could still be supported and maintained.

  3. Ginnie says:

    Astrid and I are on the same page about these historic buildings, Cherry. And yes, I immediately thought of the windmill we visited last weekend!

    • CherryPie says:

      Next time you are in the UK you should visit Daniel’s Mill. The severn valley bridge arches (and trains) rising above the mill are quite special :-)

  4. I know it’s a bit late now but did you know that last week was actually National Mills Weekend? Most mills were free to visit on that particular weekend, but I didn’t visit any this year.
    More info: https://www.spab.org.uk/mills/national-mills-weekend

    Many years ago, I visited the House Mill (built 1776, Grade 1 listed) in East London on National Mills Weekend.

    Have you been to London’s Open Garden Squares Weekend (happening next month)?
    If you haven’t done this before, you should try it at least once.

    I started in 2009, back then it was only £7.50. Now it’s £20!! I stopped doing this since 2014. In the past, Chelsea Physic Garden also took part in the event, entrance ticket to this garden itself alone was £11, so it was totally worth it (but there was a catch, only available on Sunday and you had to arrive by 11am).

    Another highlight was Lambeth Palace garden, sadly both Chelsea Physic Garden and Lambeth Palace garden have stopped Open Garden Squares Weekend for many years now. That’s the reason why I stopped. ;)

    • CherryPie says:

      I did not know of the National Mills weekend (Astrid mentioned it too). We have been a bit busy lately with family health problems so I am not quite focused on the optimal time to visit places.

      You have often mentioned to me about the London Open Garden Squares scheme. It sounded like fun but we were never in the area when the event took place.

      It sounds like the scheme is not as good as when you first visited!

  5. Hels says:

    Even though the City Mill has been in the centre of beautiful Winchester for centuries, the nation should be very thankful that the mill was protected and eventually restored to full working order. In Australia we pull down anything that looks historic :(

  6. I love places like this, but I’ve not yet been to Winchester.

  7. ....peter says:

    this is a wonderful group of pictures from the outside of the mill to the workings of the water wheel and mechanism inside….petrer:)

  8. The Yum List says:

    Seems like they’ve kept it quite well.