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mookster

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Nestled in a wealthy picturesque village in Cambridgeshire sits a long abandoned water-powered corn mill, with precious little in the way of information out there about, well, anything at all to do with it. I suspect the locals may know more than me through word of mouth but thats about it! It was a lovely surprise to see as I had no idea what to expect other than the warning it was full of pigeon poo, but it turned out to be my favourite location from the marathon I undertook to end March on.

The mill was originally constructed at some point in the latter half of the 18th Century - I was quite amazed to find some carved graffiti dated 1777 on what was once an exterior wall of the building. It was extended in the early part of the 19th Century and features an AD 1840 gable plaque. It would appear to have closed some considerable time ago, although I can't for the life of me find out any firm information on when it closed or indeed any future plans for the building which was listed at Grade II in 1988.

The mill race is still thundering through the lower floor of the mill, although the wheel no longer turns of course. It's a sight and a sound to behold, the roar of the water bouncing off the walls in the enclosed space.

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Thanks for looking :)
 

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Excellent hasnt changed a bit, Glad u got in there u got some cracking pics.
BTW its Huntingdonshire the border to Northants is actually the river I believe ;-)
 

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The floor terrifies me. I climbed a church tower once and it was just like that - almost had the fire brigade to get me back down :(

There appears to be a fair bit of the internals missing but what remains is very special. It's what industry looked like when it first started and when you think how far we've come since!
Interesting chunks of metal things parked on the lower floor. The small steam set-up is interesting. It looks to be very old indeed.
 

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The floor terrifies me. I climbed a church tower once and it was just like that - almost had the fire brigade to get me back down :(

There appears to be a fair bit of the internals missing but what remains is very special. It's what industry looked like when it first started and when you think how far we've come since!
Interesting chunks of metal things parked on the lower floor. The small steam set-up is interesting. It looks to be very old indeed.


Its all remarkably solid this one tbh Sausage apart from the wheel which has completely disintegrated.

For anyone interested there is a geocache actually under the wheel here that u have to wade up the race itself to get
https://www.geocaching.com/geocache/GC3W444_you-dirty-rat
 

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The floor terrifies me. I climbed a church tower once and it was just like that - almost had the fire brigade to get me back down :(

There appears to be a fair bit of the internals missing but what remains is very special. It's what industry looked like when it first started and when you think how far we've come since!
Interesting chunks of metal things parked on the lower floor. The small steam set-up is interesting. It looks to be very old indeed.

The floor is very solid throughout the building except the one area above where the water wheel was. Lots of lovely thick wood beams, the roof is pretty sound as well which always helps.
 

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A bit good that Mook, I liked the shot of the Hessian sack, commonplace in my day but a rarity now, Loved It, Thanks
 

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