Trenance Mill

The restoration of an old mill and its conversion to a museum by a local charity and conservation group Trenance Heritage Association, to form part of a ‘heritage walk’ around St Austell that will take in its various historic buildings. The mill is sited within the grounds of a house – also a listed building in its own right – and is believed to originally have been a fulling mill, powered by a water wheel and dating from the 13th century. In the late 19th century it was converted to a stamping mill making nails and bolts. It still contains the remains of the old cast iron workings inside, and it is intended to restore these, along with the water wheel, and to create a museum.

As well as the works to the mill itself we have also looked at the landscaping, creating a seating area around the mill pond that feeds the water wheel, and a raised decking platform from which you can view the water wheel in operation. Planting softens the appearance of fences, paths and steps to ensure that the mill remains the point of focus for visitors.

The site is on a split level with a two metre difference in height, making access for the lower level and the water wheel tricky. In order to ensure that the mill is accessible to disabled persons we have provided platform lifts and ramped paths, making the whole site equally accessible to people of all abilities.

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