Welcome to the website for Charlecote Mill
For information about Charlecote Mill, please click on the photos to be directed to the page you need.
Charlecote is not a museum occasionally grinding flour as many water and windmills now are. Charlecote is a piece of living working history and one of only a small handful of surviving commercial working watermills in the UK. Producing traditionally stoneground flours through French Burr Stones every weekday (when the water levels allow), the mill is a constant hive of activity but retains all the atmosphere and charm of a mill run in Victorian times. Most of the processes we use are as they would have been over 200 years ago and wherever possible grain is still sourced from local farms keeping our food miles to almost zero! Almost everything is done using the power of the two waterwheels, as it always was, and all of our products are hand finished and hand packed personally by Karl, the Miller. Mechanisation in a modern sense has never caught on at Charlecote; this truly is a place where time stands still and where quality and tradition blend perfectly to produce the unique Charlecote flours.
"Genuinely, that flour is amazing" Anita Rani, BBC Countryfile, May 2015
**Open Days 2016**
Sorry, there are no more open days planned for 2015, but please keep checking back here, we will announce the date for 2016 open days in the New Year. It is likely to be the second Sunday each month from Easter to October and Bank Holidays. For further information, please go to the "Visiting the Mill" page of the website. We look forward to welcoming you to the Mill in 2016.
Karl Grevatt, Miller.
Karl Grevatt, Miller.
Water Levels at the Mill
Contrary to popular belief, lots of water is not what a water mill needs. With its 18 foot undershot waterwheels, the mill needs just the right balance. Too little and there is not enough power to turn the wheels. Too much and the wheels get "bogged down" with the paddles trying to lift the water that cannot drain away fast enough. Keep an eye on the local levels by looking at the Environment Agency Warwick Water gauge. 1.4 metres of water at Warwick is about perferct for the mill. Over 2 metres and the mill will probably not be able to run.