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Stainsby Mill


Sitting at the edge of the Hardwick estate is Stainsby Mill, a water powered corn mill, originating from the 13th Century, providing flour for the local villages and later for the Hardwick estate. It was substantially restored in 1850 after years of neglect by the sixth Duke of Devonshire, the then owner of Hardwick, who spent a considerable amount of money on it. Today the National Trust cares for the mill. It's advanced engineering and design meant just one person could work it. The mill provided flour until 1952 and is still in good working order now. You can still see the massive 17ft. high water wheel which is turned by water from the mill pond, powering the grinding and lifting work.

Open 31st March to 31st Oct Wed to Sun and Bank Holidays 12.30pm to 5pm. Last entry 4.30pm