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High Mill, Alston


High Mill off Front Street in Alston was originally built as a water-powered corn mill in 1767, by the eminent engineer, John Smeaton for the lords of the manor (Greenwich Hospital). It was built on the site of an earlier mill and had a water wheel was 30 feet in diameter, with a width of 10 inches and a unique backward curved scoop feed. It was fed with water diverted from Mill Burn. The mill was extended to east and north by 1775 and subsequently raised in height. In 1947, after the mill had ceased operating, the former mill complex was purchased by Precision Products (Cumberland) for use as a foundry and it was linked via a pair of aerial walkways to newly-built workshops. The foundry produced coal mining drill bits and other precision products. In 1992, the North Pennines Heritage Trust carried out repairs to the mill. The building has been unused for many years. The former corn mill block is a Grade II* listed building on the National Heritage List for England.
Alston John Smeaton (1724 - 1792) 1767 Watermills Grade II* Listed Mill Burn, Mill Races and Fairfield Dam Historic Buildings and Monuments in Alston Moor Civil Parish
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High Mill, Alston

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Alston High Mill

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Disused factory, Alston

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High Mill - Alston - List Entry
- "...This water-powered corn mill of later C18 by John Smeaton, extended by 1775 and subsequently raised in height, is listed at Grade II* for the following principal reasons: * Date: as ...

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Story No 50: The High Mill
- ".....John Smeaton’s expertise with water power made him the obvious choice when the lords of the manor, the Greenwich Hospital, looked for an engineer to rebuild the corn mill ...

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List number: 1419977
List grade: 2*
County: Cumbria
Grid ref: NY7192346500

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