Beeleigh Steam Mill Open Day

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Beeleigh Steam Mill Open Day

Spot99
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Joined: March 29th, 2017, 9:34 pm

September 10th, 2017, 2:44 pm #1

Went here today, been looking forward to visiting, it's only open twice a year at the moment. An impressive listed building, old mill structure. The site was originally home to two very large and powerful water wheels, with a mill inside a large timber structure - but the timber mill building burned down in a catestophic fire. The good news was that inside the brick built part of the building was a newly installed steam mill powered by a beam engine, and that survived.
The owner made his fortune from this costly cutting edge investment (his house next door is in the last picture). Grain was shipped up on the tide in barges from Maldon estuary, off-loaded at the mill, and the milled brown flour was shipped out to London on the tide. With the coming of the railway and abolition of the Corn Laws the steam mill itself eventually fell into disrepair, and lay derelict up until recent times when an ambitious restoration project began.
It's a big restoration project, however the volunteers are getting there slowly but surely. Last week after a long period of soaking in penetrating oil they finally got the first of the pistons removed !
My pics of the beam engine etc are not very good because it was so confined inside the tiny engine room, the flywheel is large, looks about 6 or 7 metres dia, and the wrought iron riveted elephant boiler is huge - said to be the last surviving example in this country. Wooden cogs on the mill geating - to avoid sparks in the flour mill !!
A very interesting morning out for us, hopefully one day we will taste some freshly steam milled flour..... wonder if I will live to see that day?!
http://beeleighmill.co.uk/photos.html


and finally the Mill owner's house!











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Mehltheuersteam
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Joined: January 24th, 2017, 12:05 am

September 12th, 2017, 7:00 pm #2

What a beautiful old beam engine! Hope the restauration plans goes well, such nice place has to be preserved...
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Spot99
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Joined: March 29th, 2017, 9:34 pm

September 12th, 2017, 7:35 pm #3

Thanks, yes interesting place, lovely beam engine, and a brilliant (free!) guided tour by a very enthusiastic volunteer. Its going to be a very long project. The history of the place was fascinating, I still cant get over the huge volumes of grain that they were milling, astonishing.
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MrDuck
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Joined: March 5th, 2010, 5:48 am

September 14th, 2017, 1:52 pm #4

Glad to see it's being brought back. Beautiful location as well.
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