Heron Corn Mill on the banks of the river Bela in Beetham; South Cumbria, is one of the few working mills in the area, and has been a base for local industry powered by renewable energy for over 900 years.
Water from the river is fed to the waterwheel down a wooden channel known as the "launder"
The force of the water flowing down the launder turns the waterwheel, causing the mill's machinery to rumble into action.
Heron Corn Mill is a "lowder mill" which refers to the large free standing oak frame in the centre of the milling floor.
When all is ready, the miller engages the "stone nut" so that power is harnessed from the waterwheel, and the millstones grumble into life.
Heron Corn Mill now has regular milling demonstrations and you can buy our traditional stoneground flour in the shop
Heritage Lottery Fund 2013
Bringing Heron Corn Mill back to life - £939,100 grant. Situated on the weir of the River Bela in Beetham, Heron Corn Mill, which…
A manorial corn mill has existed on or close to the present site of Heron Corn Mill since the 1096. Indeed, some Saxon place…
See the Mill in Operation
Heron Corn Mill is open to visitors from Wednesday to Sunday. Opening hours are 11:00am to 04:00pm. * We aim to have the waterwheel…
You can now buy our rye, spelt and wholemeal flours, milled in the traditional way - stone ground using water power from the River Bela…