Many will know Shelsley Walsh as an historic motor sport venue, but did you know that the Midland Automobile Club is also fortunate to have a watermill on the same site?
The Shelsley watermill is the only working water-powered corn mill in Worcestershire and while many features of the current mill date from the 17th century, records indicate there has been a mill on this site going back to 1308.
This May is a significant month in more ways than one; firstly it is the 75th anniversary of VE Day and, secondly, the 10th anniversary of the official opening of the Shelsley water mill following its extensive restoration by the dedicated group of volunteers. Coincidentally, these events are remembered on the weekend of the 9–10 May which, this year, is also the National Open Mills weekend.
This year, the volunteers are planning a special 1940’s themed event to commemorate these anniversaries and will open the site for the Bank Holiday Friday and Saturday and Sunday, 8–10 May from 11.00am to 4.00pm each day, with milling demonstrations from 2.00pm to 4.00pm.
Of course Shelsley wouldn’t be Shelsley without some automotive presence, so this year there will be displays of several period vehicles including WWII military, agricultural and road going.
• Entry is free.
• Teas and homemade cakes will be on sale.
• Mill tours and milling demonstrations on all three days.
• Stone ground flour will be available to take away for a small donation.
• Barn containing operating water driven farm machinery.
• Prizes for best period car and passenger combination on each day.
• Quiz with prizes for younger visitors.
• Walk the famous Shelsley Walsh Hill Climb Course.
• Visit the 13th century church of Saint Andrews.
See www.Shelsleywatermill.com for more information.
Image caption: Courtesy of P L Chadwick. The original image is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license.