Lode Watermill, Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire - 29th September 2005

This picturesque mill is set in the grounds of Anglesey Abbey, at the point where Quy Water meets Bottisham Lode.  Lodes are man made waterways built before the middle ages to bring supplies to the villages via the River Cam and to take away their produce.  This method transport was only killed off when the railways arrived.

Lode Watermill, Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire - 29th September 2005 - MTC

The present building probably dates from the 18th century, although it is thought a mill has stood here since the Domesday Survey.  In about 1900 the mill was converted to cement grinding, however the business failed in about 1920 when the mill became derelict.

Here is a view of the main drive gearing.

Lode Watermill, Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire - 29th September 2005 - MTC

It was rescued by Lord Fairhaven who bought Anglesey Abbey in 1926, and purchased the mill in 1934 in order to add a focal point to his garden.  He removed the cement grinding plant and restored the mill to grind corn.  Here is a view of the mill stones.

Lode Watermill, Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire - 29th September 2005 - MTC

Here is a view of the wheel.

Lode Watermill, Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire - 29th September 2005 - MTC

The mill was restored to working order by the Cambridgeshire Wind and Watermill Society in 1982, and it now grinds corn once again.

Lode Watermill, Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire - 29th September 2005 - MTC

Finally here is a view of the mill from the abbey gardens.

Lode Watermill, Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire - 29th September 2005 - MTC

More information about this mill, now owned by the National Trust, can be found here.

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More information on this and other wind and water mills may be found on the excellent  Windmill World site.

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