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Elton Mill, Cambridgshire, June 2020

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HughieD

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1. The History
Not a vast amount of info on the net about this place Situated in the picturesque Cambridgeshire village of Elton the Water mill on the River Nene dates from pre-1800 but in the early 19th century it was extended and rebuilt, as indicated by the carving of 'AD 1840' on gable
plaque.

Used for grinding corn, the mill is 3 storeys high with an attic. Its iron and wooden waterwheel measured approximately 14 feet in diameter and 12 feet wide and remains place today with water still flowing beneath it. The miller's house which was attached to the north-west of the mill was demolished as far back as 1881.

The building was listed at Grade II in 1988 and it appears in the 90's the mill was (briefly) re-opened as a tourist attraction but closed shortly after and has sat empty and boarded-up since.

2. The Explore
The third in a trio of explores in this neck of the woods on a lovely Summer morning. This place is more like a museum building than a derelict building. Externally it still stands proud although it’s boarded-up windows indicate that it has seen better days. Front the front it looks pretty inaccessible and with no intel about how to get it was the obligatory round the back for a shufty routine. That soon paid dividends and I was in. Overall, not that happy with my pictures. I forgot to bring my tripod, so the interior shots were only just about passable. Hey ho, that gives me the excuse to go back sometime for another look.

3. The Pictures

Front of the shop:

50032497816_1a58835f89_b.jpgimg6770 by HughieDW, on Flickr

50032756207_2ab010ecbb_b.jpgimg6776 by HughieDW, on Flickr

50032498666_12b626d8c4_b.jpgimg6767 by HughieDW, on Flickr

50031966298_07dfa41b1b_b.jpgimg6743 by HughieDW, on Flickr

And were in.

50031961298_0ab26ee3fc_b.jpgimg6764 by HughieDW, on Flickr

50032503346_3bedd155f6_b.jpgimg6744 by HughieDW, on Flickr

Here’s one of the waterwheel for starters:

50032511986_8b5dea1732_b.jpgElton 12 by HughieDW, on Flickr

And the adjoining gearing wheels:

50031974723_7b2f09d074_b.jpgElton 11 by HughieDW, on Flickr

Loving the old iron beam brackets:

50031975828_53dbf8e42e_b.jpgElton 03 by HughieDW, on Flickr

50032761647_27b16d2ef3_b.jpgimg6751bw by HughieDW, on Flickr

This looks like some old threshing machine:

50032512186_8d5bbb68b9_b.jpgElton 10 by HughieDW, on Flickr

50032501046_cf8092d31c_b.jpgimg6756 by HughieDW, on Flickr

50032502436_89b74b0979_b.jpgimg6750 by HughieDW, on Flickr

Some of the old electrics:

50032760107_dffbd00d05_b.jpgimg6757bw by HughieDW, on Flickr

In the end downstairs room there’s a load of old vintage farm machinery which probably dates back to when it was used as a museum:

50032771847_96474f53a4_b.jpgElton 09 by HughieDW, on Flickr

50031975103_0d73ff0cd8_b.jpgElton 08 by HughieDW, on Flickr

50031975263_a2e1c1ba38_b.jpgElton 07 by HughieDW, on Flickr

50031976078_9449a43ce1_b.jpgElton 01 by HughieDW, on Flickr

Up to the next floor which is pretty bare:

50032512986_5e659029e6_b.jpgElton 05 by HughieDW, on Flickr

50032502871_161e41a0b4_b.jpgimg6747 by HughieDW, on Flickr

The up to the attic. Sadly, only one pretty blurred shot here:

50031975948_14ee5d612d_b.jpgElton 02 by HughieDW, on Flickr

Bye-bye for now Elton Mill:

50031975548_6df9609068_b.jpgElton 06 by HughieDW, on Flickr

50031960503_79e4cd4b78_b.jpgimg6768 by HughieDW, on Flickr
 

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