History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
Though the mill has a long history, it was not always smooth sailing; because the mill depended on water, if there was a period of drought, the wheel could not turn, and no flour could be ground. Records show that in 1859 the tenant miller, Richard Burton, purchased a steam engine to power the mill whell, ending its dependance on Mill Stream. An engine of the correct date can be seen at the west end of the mill building; it seems logical to assume that this is the same engine.
Visitors can see the mill wheel, through a grate in the side of the building, and climb the rickety stairs to the second floor, where the main milling machinery is located.
On the 2nd floor there is a small exhibition are about the history of the site and the people who worked here. One of those people was Margaret Everleigh, whose family lived in the mill in the 1950s and ran the estate as a farm. The Everleigh family was one of many local farmers competing to supply milk to local families. Margaret's mother told her that when she decided to marry Margaret's father, her own father was furious, for the bridegroom was a rival farmer and competitor for the milk trade. He was so angry he refused to give his daughter away in the marriage ceremony!
Special milling days provide a chance to see the mill in operation and to buy fresh ground flour. Clyston Mill is also good location for bird-watching. There are walks along the riverside and through Broadclyst village.
Visiting Clyst Mill
Half the fun is finding the mill in the first place. Signs are a bit confusing - when you can see them, and even the locals I stoped to ask for directions were unsure wher to find it. Here's the best way I found; park at the triangular village green, or in the small village parking area just acros the road. Go towars the churchyard, keeping the New Inn pub immediately to your right. As soon as you pass through the gate into the churchyard, turn right, along the stone wall. After a few yards another signposted path cuts left, across the churchyard, down the slope of the hill to a gate. From there, just follow the obvious footpath over a field, through another gate, to the mill. Its basically just down the slope of the hill from the church, but invisible from the churchyard.
About Clyston Mill
Address: Broadclyst, Devon, England, EX5 3EW
Attraction Type: Historic Building - Mill
Location: Through the churchyard, and downhill following a footpath. Seasonal opening. See National Trust website for details.
Website: Clyston Mill
National Trust - see also: National Trust memberships (official website link)
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
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