Recent works have concentrated on several projects, including:

  • The restoration and recommissioning of the watermill at Sarehole, Hall Green, Birmingham. The 200-year-old mill at Sarehole is one of only two surviving watermills in Birmingham, the last of more than seventy watermills which once occupied the riverbanks around the city. There has been a mill on the site at Sarehole for at least 460 years.  Sarehole was first built as a corn-grinding mill but has also been used for rolling sheet metal, grinding blades and wire rolling before finishing up flour milling until retirement in 1919. The Mill was once rented to Matthew Boulton before he moved to Handsworth to build his famous Soho factory.

    It was first restored by the council in 1959-69, then again in 2012 where the services of Teme Valley Heritage Engineers were engaged. The first stage entailed surveying the existing machinery and drawing up a scheme of repair, before replacing the sluice gates, bypass gate and launders. Following this, French Burr stones were sourced and reinstated, and the hurstings, sack hoist and dressing machinery were rebuilt. The result is a fully functional flour mill and bakehouse on site where they sell the flour that is now being produced.

  • Work has also been undertaken on the watermill at Rock Hill near Grete, Ludlow. This has involved sourcing and replacing most of the milling machinery that was scrapped in the 60s. A waterwheel has been brought back from a house conversion in Wales, and the gear from a long converted Rutland watermill has provided the spurwheel, wallower, pitwheel and stone nuts. A new upright shaft has been made, as have the bridgetrees.

  • TVHE were involved in the recent resurrection of Upper Longdon Windmill from a house conversion as part of a collaboration between three millwrighting companies. We helped undertake the initial survey, feasibility study and design process, before being engaged to provide and install much of the machinery. This included the fantail and associated gearing, as well as the upright shaft, windshaft, brakewheel, brake, and neck and tail bearings. We are now involved in the initial running-in and maintenance of the mill.

  • Ongoing works at Warwick Castle have included the repair and replacement of one of the waterwheel bearings after 140 years. Similar work was undertaken recently at Mosty Lea Mill, Kibblestone near Stone, Staffordshire, where the wheel is now turning again after a year's break. A new gudgeon has been made to fit to the waterwheel at Shugborough Hall, and it is hoped this mill will be grinding again soon.

  • Work to repair the historic timber frame of a local farm house at Rock has also been undertaken. Rock Moor house was built in the 1400s and extended in the 1640s, and some of the previous timber frame repairs have involved filling holes with concrete which exacerbated damp problems. Teme Valley Heritage Engineers were called in to assess the building and prepare a scheme of repair, before being engaged to carry out the work. 

  • Other works include regular ongoing maintenance to the watermills at Warwick Castle and Shugbrough Hall, as well as Chesterton and Whissendine windmills. 

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