The old mill is one of the oldest buildings in England’s Peak District. It is a piece of industrial history run solely by volunteers who are educated in the story of what the mill was used for and the history of the area. If you are visiting the Peak District and you are intrigued by the rich history in which you are standing, then going to see the Cheddleton Flint Mill is an idea for a short afternoon. The flint mill was used to grind flint for ceramics and also to grind corn. It is dated back to the 1250s! There were kilns as well to bake/dry the pottery. This mill was still being used until the 1960s. If you visit there now there is a small gift shop on site, also run by volunteers and there are ceramics for sale and small kilns to help educate the visitors on how the mill was run. When the Moorside Grange Hotel was running there were many people who came through and shared their intrigue about the old mill. One couple had a story that was told by a volunteer who claimed it was haunted by the old millers and their families. The story says that the old millers used bones as well as flint to grind up for the pottery. There were a few college students doing some research at the old mill back in the 1980s when a disappearance occurred, and so that is the premise of the flint mill being haunted. Some claim the last name “Miller” comes from the Cheddleton Flint Mill. Either way the history in the building cannot be denied and the hard work and years poured into the industry of milling is astonishing as it was a lifetime for hundreds there. As time has gone on there has been talk about restoration on the property and using parts of it as a bed and breakfast, but the final decision on that rests with the trust that took over the property as a part of the Peak District’s heritage and decided to keep it as a museum.
Those who personally love history and think its cool that this place is still standing take note. However, one may think that turning it into something else would be the best plan for local business growth, while keeping parts of the original design true to its roots. Perhaps it could be turned into a working farm with some rooms designated for paying guests and of course a staff on property to tend it. Anyone who is looking to invest in something worth while, who appreciates history should find out the details on the mill. The other Mill in the neighboring area was taken over with a similar plan. It is now thriving and making money, while staying in tack as what it was originally built for. This would have been the perfect site for the Moorside Grange Hotel to have moved to if the timing had been right and if there was room to build a day spa. Ceramics could have been a very large part of the wellness at the day spa, incorporating the origins of the mill and what the job of a miller in the 13 or 14th century did. There would be ceramic classes and painting to go along with all of the day spa wellness treatments that include yoga, cooking, massage, and hiking just to name a few. Below is a picture of the Cheddleton Flint Mill as it looks today. If one notices the larger building in the back, that is where the guest rooms would be. Classes in pottery, painting, and yoga could take place next to the canal. The cooking classes would be reserved to the largest kitchen in the lower portion of the building and would need a renovation and a remodel. The second floor would be perfect as treatment rooms and the third and fourth as guest rooms. This is only an idea. It seems that renovating and gentrifying are not only in style today, but really show a level of respect for historical sites making them into something relevant for today as well as keeping the mystery of what once was alive.
Cheddleton flint mill