Heron Corn Mill – Beetham:
Heron Corn Mill ceased trading in 1955 but is now a working museum.
It demonstrates water-powered industry through the ages.
Historically, the mill was in the historic County of Westmorland, now Cumbria.
The natural limestone weir here provided an ideal site for water-powered industries.
Once inside the mill you can inspect the water-wheel and the apparatus of milling the corn.
The building is a Grade II listed 18th-century mill on the banks of the River Bela near Milnthorpe.
Additionally, in 1220 the Lord of the Manor gave the monks of St Marie’s York the right to grind their own corn.
Opposite the mill, a paper mill was established in 1788 along with a flax mill erected beside it in 1791.
Consequently, only the paper mill continues to be productive to this day.
Interestingly, a watermill existed on here before 1096.
Herons are regular features of this landscape, and the corn mill is so named because of the heronry north of the mill which ceased to exist in 1726.
The mill is open Wednesday to Sunday 11:00am – 4:00pm.