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Brindley's Mill in Leek open for National Mills Weekend

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: May 09, 2014

By Belinda Hargreaves

Volunteer Kenneth Warilow at last year's National Mills Weekend at Brindley's Mill in Leek.

Volunteer Kenneth Warilow at last year's National Mills Weekend at Brindley's Mill in Leek.

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Heritage mills within the Staffordshire Moorlands are set to be open to the public this weekend as part of a national celebration.

National Mills Weekend will take place across the country on Saturday (May 10) and Sunday.

With more than 300 windmills and water-mills opening their doors to the public, National Mills Weekend is the annual festival of our milling heritage, and the chance for everyone to explore their local mills.

Mills opening in the Staffordshire Moorlands include: Brindley's Mill in Leek and Cheddleton Watermill as well as Lode Mill in Alstonefield.

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The Brindley Mill, which is situated in Mill Street in Leek, will be open on Saturday and Sunday from 2pm until 5pm. It is a working water powered corn mill built in 1752 by James Brindley. Its popularity is well known for preserving the atmosphere of a working corn mill and also displaying and illustrating the life and work of James and the history of milling.

The weekend is coordinated by the Mills Section of the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings. Participating mills include many not normally open to the public, with a range of special events and family-friendly activities.

For further information go online to: www.nationalmillsweekend.co.uk.

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