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National Mills Weekend
14 & 15 May 2016

Live Steam at White Mill

The theme for National Mills Weekend in 2016 is "Vintage Power"

Although built as a watermill, Whitemill was driven by a portable steam engine between 1866 and 1900 (after the failure of the water supply).

In memory of this era, and in keeping with this year's theme for National Mills Weekend, we will have a steam engine on site.

Even though it can't be used to drive the mill, you can still enjoy the sights, sounds and aroma of a live steam engine.

Normal opening hours apply: 12:00 'til 17:00 both days

To see a list of other mills open in Dorset, visit the National Mills Weekend website:

You'll find our entry here.

Whitemill (White Mill) is a retired watermill, last rebuilt in the 18th century. The millstones remained in use right until the end of the nineteenth century, grinding grain (grist) for both flour and animal feed. The mill is a part of the Kingston Lacy estate, and stands by the River Stour in the Domesday parish of Shapwick, near Wimborne, in Dorset.

Whitemill is now in the care of the National Trust and has been conserved to display its rare 18th century timber drive gear, which is now much too fragile ever to work again.

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On this site you can discover the history of Whitemill, take a virtual tour of the mill and even find directions to get here in person!

In passing, you will also discover a thing or two about how waterwheels and millstones work in general, a little about bridges and the local area.

The mill is normally open to the public on Saturday & Sunday afternoons during the season.

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