Ashbourne Watermill, Tenterden

A water-powered corn mill in the historic county of Kent, England.

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The mill is Grade II Listed. Here the mill and mill house form a continuous range probably dating from the eighteenth century. The mill itself is of brick and white weatherboard with a luccam; it formerly worked in conjunction with a windmill which was pulled down in 1912. In 1934 the old 18' overshot wooden wheel made by Ralph of Sissinghurst was replaced by a large turbine thought to have come from a mill on the Medway. It is not clear as to whether this turbine ever worked; it appears to be 'unfinished' and electric power was being used from at least 1940's until the mill shut down in 1965. Inside the mill, all machinery remains except for the pit wheel which was removed with the waterwheel - this includes three pairs of stones, a smutter, wire machine and oat roller. The mill is deteriorating slowly but is kept maintained by the owner.

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Power source Water
Mill type Watermill
River Newmill Channel
Mill function Corn mill
Archive ID 8603
Location Tenterden
Historic county Kent
Country England, United Kingdom
NGR TQ 86467 32896
Latitude/longitude 51.06511140, 0.66013504





Rob Cumming, May 2016


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