This is the area of the mill where the miller would stand to
monitor and control the quality of the meal being produced by the Millstones. The two handwheels, one to
the left of the flour sack, raise or lower the stone spindles
through a series of levers. Lowering the stone spindle lowers the
runner millstone and reduces the gap between the two millstones.
This will produce a finer quality of meal but great care has be
taken to ensure that the two stones can never come into contact
with each other. Stones coming into contact could produce stone
particles in the meal or even produce sparks that could lead to
flour dust explosions. The meal emerging from between the
millstones falls down the wooden chutes into the horizontal
section where an archimedes screw pushes it along to the outlet
for collection into sacks.
Adjacent to the Meal Bagging area is the semicircular board and
control lever for the Penstock. This is
used by the miller to control the quantity of water flowing onto
the Waterwheel and the rotational
speed of the millstones. A small segment of the pitwheel is
visible within the casing.