Digital Images Collection

Michaelchurch Mill: Conversion to a dwelling house: 1983


These pictures were taken by Phil Stewart, son of the builder who converted the mill to a dwelling in 1983. They are displayed here courtesy of Pavement Photographics, Hay on Wye [Phil Stewart’s photography business], who hold the copyright.


The mill for sale c.1983, after standing empty for over 30 years.


The mill pool at the rear of the mill, showing the original headrace

The mill seen from the Vowchurch road, with the old piggeries in the foreground.


The building line shows that the extension and arch over the water wheel were added later to the original building.

The front of the mill, showing the old cart shed to the left. This was a Blacksmith’s shop at one time.


The front of the mill. The road is lower than today; carts could draw up under what is now the front door to load.

Clearing out the mill ready for conversion. The old piggeries are in the background.


The bin floor before conversion.

The store room off the bin floor, before conversion


The store room off the stone floor before conversion, showing the original launder that brought the water to the wheel, which is below the floor here.

The bin floor before conversion. A feed hopper from the millstone furniture is discarded in the foreground. The rails at the rear show the position of the original internal staircase


The original launder, full of junk. The penstock mechanism that allowed the miller to control the water is missing.

The stone floor. The door on the right [now the front door of the house] is where grain was taken in and flour/ feed delivered out to the farmers’ wagons drawn up below.


The stone floor, showing the original staircase up to the bin floor. The rails behind are for the stairs down to the spout floor [basement]

The sides of the cast iron launder have been cut down to create space for a kitchen. The new pipe bringing water to the wheel can be seen.


The original oak roof timbers of the mill are well preserved. The pulley for the sack hoist can be seen [top left]. A series of trapdoors would have been directly below.

Construction starting on a new rear extension and conversion of the old cart shed.


Conversion of the cart shed. The original and new roof lines can be seen.

The rear extension taking shape above the Escley Brook.


Building work at the rear of the mill. The mill pool has been filled in.

Building a river wall to protect the foundations of the mill and the new extension from erosion. Ronnie Stewart is standing by the wall.


The rear extension in progress, seen from the Escley Brook

Building work at the rear of the mill.


Inside the new rear extension.

Building internal partition walls in the mill.


The ground floor of the old cart shed during conversion.

The mill machinery


The hursting and surviving mill machinery

Pit wheel, wallower and great spur wheel. At the top left a piece of the spur wheel casting is missing.


Pit wheel, wallower and great spur wheel.

The surviving mill machinery. The floor and wheel pit are full of rubbish.


The surviving mill machinery. The floor and wheel pit are full of rubbish

The outrace tunnel. This is over 6 feet high, and runs diagonally under the road to the Escley Brook downstream of the bridge.


The mill wheel after 30 years without turning.

The mill wheel fitted with some new steel buckets.


The conversion nearing completion.

The conversion nearing completion. Upstairs front windows were subsequently added to the left-hand annex and the roof light removed.







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