Step back in time with Stretton Watermill and the home front

8 April 2016

Stretton Watermill was never busier than during the world wars of the 20th century – and this weekend visitors can see for themselves how the mill contributed to the war effort with a tour, collections and activities.

The watermill dates back to 1356 and over the centuries very little has changed. However, after the repeal of the Corn Laws in 1846, new mills were built at the ports for imported grain and production at rural mills like Stretton began to decline. 

During World Wars I and II, however, the ports were closed and Stretton began to contribute in sacksful to the war effort. The reliable and constant water supply ensured that milling could take place 24 hours a day to ensure the health of the nation with a supply of flour and animal feed.

This weekend visitors to Stretton can explore the mill with tours, wartime memorabilia and digging for victory as the mill proudly displays its key role in the 20th century.

Councillor Louise Gittins, Cheshire West and Chester Council’s Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Wellbeing, said: “Stretton Watermill and the water supply from Carden Brook has played an integral role in the history of Cheshire for over nearly 700 years.

“It is looked after by a team of dedicated millers who ensure that visitors see how the mill has loyally served its community, never more so than during the world wars. This will be a great opportunity to see the mill at the beginning of the season.” The mill, located near Farndon, is open from 12pm - 5pm this weekend. There is a small charge for the mill tour and all activities are free. There is a shop selling refreshments, gifts and mill information. 

For more information visit www.westcheshiremuseums.co.uk or telephone 01606 271641.





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