Photograph of Clodock Mill
Photograph showing the millstone furniture at Clodock Mill in close-up. The wooden frame is called the horse, and supports the grain hopper which is fed by a spout from the grain bin on the floor above (the bin floor). Under the hopper, a chute directs the grain into the hole in the centre of the runner stone. The top of the stone spindle (called the damsel) can be seen protruding through the centre of the chute. As it rotates it acts as a cam to jog the chute from side to side and keep the grain flowing steadily. A string from the front of the chute (the remains of which can be seen in the photo) led up over the front of the horse, then down to the lower floor where the miller normally worked. This allowed him to raise or lower the chute, and so decrease or increase the flow of grain into the stones, without having to climb the stairs each time an adjustment was needed.