New Hall Mill, a Grade 2 listed building, is one of only two
water mills still surviving in the Birmingham area. The Mill and
its meadow field are privately owned and managed by the New Hall
Water Mill Preservation Trust, Registered Charity No. 502226.
Although surrounded by but not part of the New Hall Valley
Country Park, the Mill is only open to the general public on
specific Open Days, or by prior arrangement.
Now restored to a working condition, New Hall Mill is located
off Wylde Green Road, Walmley, Sutton Coldfield, in the West
Midlands area of central England. It is a significant local
example of our industrial heritage and has been described as
'Sutton's little gem'.
The present structure dates from the 18th century, although
some parts are much older. In the past the mill had two internal
waterwheels but now, after rebuilding, the power required to drive
the present two pairs of millstones is derived from a single
external overshot waterwheel, with most other items of the various
milling machinery being powered by a Ruston Hornby diesel engine.
A Diagram of the Mill shows the major
items of the milling machinery that are in use during Open Days.
The Friends of New Hall Mill maintain
the Mill in a working condition and operate it during the regular Open Days. Visitors are then able to explore
the mill at their own pace to watch the wheat being milled into
flour using water power and mill stones in the traditional manner.
They can also explore the Cartshed and it's contents, visit 'Auntie Wainwrights' to hunt for a
bargain, take a walk around the Miller's Garden, the Mill Meadow
with the Wild Flowers, the Jubilee Hedge
or the Tree Trail. Afterwards a visit to the Tea
Room can offer a selection of cakes, snacks and hot drinks.
Cool drinks and ice-creams are available from the Exhibition and Sales Room. Seating is
available outside at picnic tables or inside in poorer weather.
Toilets, including a 'disabled' one, are located in the same