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“Looks small from the outside....”

Nether Alderley Mill
Ranked #15 of 24 things to do in Macclesfield
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Owner description: 15th-century Mill Beside A Tranquil Mill Pool
Reviewed July 23, 2013

This is a National Trust property but is only open at the weekends in the afternoon an 1 day in the week, so check the website if you are considering visiting. Other NT properties in the area are Hare Hill and Styal Mill.

From the outside looks really small but is actually 4 floors of which you visit 3 of them, with just the basement that you can view but don't go down to.

You get a guided tour and start at the top outside and work your way down. Very informative throughout with demonstrations from the engineer, and you get to view all of the water wheels in action.

Really enjoyed the tour which lasted an hour, which as mentioned wasn't what we expected when we pulled up. Parking directly outside for about 7 cars.

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Reviewed July 14, 2013 via mobile

If you have any interest in historic, water driven machinery then a visit to the mill will definitely not disappoint.
You will get a guided tour given by a volunteer during which you will learn about why it was built, by whom and its changing fortunes over the years. You will see all three water wheels in action (Yes three) and see a small sample of grain ground into flour. The volunteer's talk is ably supported by a professional miller operating the machinery and between them they can answer any questions you may have about the technicalities of milling.
The visit will only take a little over an hour, but it is a very interesting hour, and if you want to continue with more Tudor tales then it may well be worth coupling it with a visit to Little Moreton Hall just 20 minutes down the road.

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Reviewed July 4, 2013

This is a National Trust Property, so entry is free if you are a member. It opens afternoons at the weekend and also one afternoon during the week (check web site for details) and you can go round guided by a NT volunteer. Recently it reopened following restoration work on the roof. The earliest reference to the corn mill is 1290 but the current mill dates from the 16th century. None of the mill's original machinery has survived but the Victorian replacement was restored to full working order in 1967-70. Behind is the lake supplying water to power the mill, which also served as the moat for Alderley Old Hall. Having driven past many times I was surprised to discover how big it is inside and it is fascinating to see the water wheel in operation. Thoroughly recommended, especially if you combine it with a vist to Nether Alderley church (open Sunday afternoons), which you can walk to from the Mill. Alderley Edge (also NT) is nearby if you have time to spare.

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