Visitor Information 2014
Heron Corn Mill is located in Beetham, halfway between Lancaster and Kendal, next to the River Bela. The mill is important due to its national significance (being a grade II* listed, intact, and operational 18th century corn mill with rare features) but also because of the way it combines traditional and contemporary technology to operate sustainably. The mill - managed by a registered charity - is self-sufficient due to a 100kW hydropower turbine installed in 2010 which provides green energy for the buildings and any surplus is sold to local industry which brings in an income. The turbine was designed to work in sync with the old sluice gate and launder which serve the supply to the original 14ft water wheel which still powers the milling machinery today.
Recent refurbishment has enabled major essential repairs and restoration of the unique mill to take place, including the ancient grinding machinery which dates back to 1740. This project is testimony to the growing trend of mill restoration, with the Government recently backing such initiatives in its push for green power and renewable energy generation.
Visitors now have improved access and new interpretation - including a unique and colourful downloadable hydro game, a visitor app and a live feed from the hydro which shows the energy and equivalent income generated. They can explore the three-storey corn mill, see the water power connection of the old and the new, meet Stuart the miller, join guided tours with our enthusiastic volunteers, and watch the millstones turn to grind grains. Heron Corn Mill is truly a hidden gem, and helps contribute to a healthy and socially-active community.
Heron Corn Mill offers a diverse program of events, details of which can be found on the Facebook page or over at the website www.heronmill.org
Check back regularly so that you don't miss out on any of our great events.
Please contact us for further information on 015395 64271 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or for the mill information Stuart@heronmill.org
January is the month when we do as much repair, maintenance and cleaning as possible, ready for opening on February 13th. Here is John, one of our volunteers, making beech wood wedges and replacement gear tooth for the stone nut. Very cold work in there!