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Historic Stone water mill opens up to the public

Mosty Lea water mill

One of Stone’s most historic buildings has started its summer programme of monthly open days.

Mosty Lea Water Mill is the last surviving intact bone/flint water mill of the 11 mills which used to be in the Moddershall Valley. Its origins as a mill date back to 1716 (and perhaps even earlier) when it was a cloth mill. Later in the century the mill was used for the grinding of flint and then bone for the pottery industry.

A very pleasant walk in the valley from Kibblestone Scout Camp takes you to the mill, which is open to the public on various dates throughout the year when the water wheel and grinding pans can be seen in action. Admission is free, although donations towards its upkeep are always welcome.

The mill featured on Channel 4’s The Restoration Man last year when presenter George Clarke visited to find out more about the network of water-powered flint mills in the Moddershall Valley that powered Stoke-on-Trent’s pottery industry.

Open days – between 2pm and 4pm – this year are:

  • Sunday 7th June
  • Sunday 5th July
  • Sunday 2nd August
  • Sunday 13th September

It is well worth a visit, with guided talks by incredibly knowledgeable volunteers. Click HERE to see a photo report on our website from an open day at Mosty Lea in 2010.

The mill is maintained by a small and dedicated team of volunteers who are always looking for new members to help maintain this important piece of our industrial heritage. If you can offer any help, please contact Barry on 01785 812453.


One Comment

  1. Oh how I miss the wonderful Stone. We lived just a stones throw from Stonefield park for 10 months and they were the best months ever. We went to the water mill with friends and loved it as well. Will be back in 2 years. 🙂 back in Australia for now…

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