Cheddleton Flint Mill

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Cheddleton Flint Mill
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jessimo
Stoke-on-Trent, UK855 contributions
Bike ride to the flint mill
Mar 2021
We left Stoke on a epic bike ride and stopped at the Flint Mill. At the time we were still on lockdown and the mill wasn't open but it was a beautiful sunny Sunday and we had a wonder around which was wonderful. No one was around so took some awesome photos. I love to go when the mill is fully open so i could have a real good look around and learn the history of this beautiful gem settled along the canal.
Written May 13, 2021
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vi c
Fareham, UK469 contributions
A step back in time
Jul 2020 • Couples
Visited here as we have an interest in historical buildings, industrial processes and production. We were very pleased to find that the mill was operating, both wheels were turning. The site is quite well preserved and is a credit to the hard work and commitment of the volunteers. It is free to enter but is well worth a donation. The canal is close by and there are other similar attractions in the area.
Written July 16, 2020
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Alan Dempster
4 contributions
Impromptu visit
Aug 2019
Just saw the sign whilst on holiday.location is beside canal on a river so very scenic.
The dedicated volunteers will give you a in depth guided tour of this totally unique heritage experience.This is a working exhibit and it’s purpose will surprise.You can also tour the mill keepers cottage next door.
Written March 22, 2020
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pamela c
Leek, UK21 contributions
cheery volunteers
Sep 2019 • Couples
took some American visitors to view the mill along with the mill cottage. both extremely interesting
the Americans loved it. It's a pity it's not open more often but they need more volunteers if anyone is interested
Written September 23, 2019
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LizG2002
Stoke-on-Trent, UK9 contributions
Came away feeling very worried
Aug 2019
I had wanted to visit the mill for a while and finally managed ro get there. The Mill was easy to find as sign posted but the carpark wasn't so easy to find. The mill itself is split into two parts, there's also the millers cottage which one of the volunteers told me they hoped to open the upstairs soon. There is a small museum area and you can get snacks here too. There are info sheets for the children and laminated ones to walk around with. We didn't have a guided tour and I think this would have been much better as the information plaques were very small and there wasn't too much detail about what things were. Unfortunately one of the guides, although knowledgeable couldn't answer some of our questions and upset my friend when she asked a question about the wallower. She decided to cool off and walked over to the canal where the volunteer called that she couldn't stay on the carpark because it was for visitors only and insisted she retrun the laminated notes. After I completed my visit to the cottage we went to sit on one of the benches to have lunch, we then too the empty containers to the car where upon locking the doors and about to head back to the second mill the volunteer had wandered over to tell us again to return the laminates. Before having lunch my daughter asked for a sandwich which she took into the first mill, the volunteer had follwed us and said not to eat inside the mill but didn't state why. In the second mill he was explaining about one if the mechanisms and proceeded to tell the children that flint is made of silica which if consumed causes silicosis which would kill them! After explaining about the mechanisms he continued on about the silica and the dangers resulting in him saying that they could die. Needless to say getting my eight year to sleep was a real task as she had a nightmare! I ended up reading about the disease as it also worried me, if there were traces of silica in the mills that could, as he said kill you if you ate in the mill, then should it really be open to the public? Considering it hasn't been a working mill since the sixties are there really dangerous levels of silica? Shouldn't there be signs warning of the dangers? Or at the veey least stating not to eat or drink in the mill. On leaving and heading to the canal we were then told the carpark would close at half three and if we weren't back the gates would be locked and no one would wait. Again no clear signs stating that the hates would be locked at this time. I felt very rushed, the website mentiones walking along the canal and we still had an hour before closing time but it felt very much as though we weren't being welcomed there. My friend wanted a walk but I thought it better to leave there and then in case we came back to someone hurrying us out of the gates! After the second mill we were again told to put the laminates back, the volunteer hadn't noticed that at this point we were no longer carrying them becuase we had put them back. I have to say, I won't be returning anytime soon, we were not made welcome, my daughter, my friend and I have been scared off. It is pity because I think it is a good place to come if you have a spare morning or afternoon, it is wonderful that the mill is being preserved and a great little insight into part of the pottery industry.
Written August 6, 2019
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Wheresmebus
Nantwich, UK243 contributions
Fascinating survivor
Aug 2019 • Family
This is quite a small operation, but a fascinating survivor none the less and well worth seeking out. It's run entirely by volunteers, so opening times are sometimes a bit subject to availablity. Check before you go if you're travelling from a distance. Don't expect immaculately curated exhibits, a lot of the stuff on show is more or less 'as found'. Apart from the mill with it's very impressive water wheels, there's a stationary engine, a fragment of plateway, remains of flint kilns and a small cottage that's open to view on the ground floor. No other facilities bar a loo (which takes a bit of finding) and a small car park, reached by a slightly scary narrow track by the canal. A lot of the buildings adjacent to the mill are privately occupied, so don't expect to be able to access these. We walked up to the mill along the canal from the Churnet Valley Railway station, about 15min away. This is an interesting walk in itself which would suit anyone with a bent for industrial history and archaeology - try and spot where there were once bridges between factory and canal.
Written August 5, 2019
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Anne B
Retford, UK40 contributions
An excellent little museum
Jun 2019 • Friends
This was an unexpected find, at the end of a short walk along the canal from Cheddleton, whilst waiting for our return journey on the Churnet Valley steam train to Froghall (another gem)
Several volunteers were working on the gardens, making them a lovely place to sit and picnic; the waterwheel was working, lots of information boards explained clearly the processes involved and the cottage was beautifully kept and well worth a visit.
Written July 2, 2019
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Julie P
United Kingdom1,519 contributions
Great to see this preserved, open and working.
May 2019 • Couples
Only open a couple of days a week for an afternoon as it's run by volunteers so make sure you check. The car park is accessed by a very narrow lane by the side of a private house, by the canal, and is large but is also locked when the building isn't open.

We went when it was open and both waterwheels were working. We were able to go inside and see all the machinery working, then wander into the out buildings for more information on the mill and its place within the pottery industry. Lastly there's the mill cottage set out as it was when last in use.

Being on the canal you could then take a short walk along it. Donations are very welcome as they need them to keep it running.
Written May 22, 2019
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good_one
United Kingdom1 contribution
Very disappointed
Mar 2019 • Family
Went to see the Mill, but was told to find another parking coz the one in front ot the mill is Staff only.We couldn't find where to park thats why gave up...
Written March 11, 2019
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nettandrob
Leek, UK47 contributions
Amazing
Jul 2018 • Couples
Given the history of pottery production in Stoke on Trent this museum stretches to the furthest parameters of history of our local industry and its association with the canal network. The watermill is well worth a look just check on the website to see when it is open . Enjoy
Written January 23, 2019
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