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Latitude: 54.5603 / 54°33'37"N
Longitude: -1.7769 / 1°46'36"W
OS Eastings: 414523
OS Northings: 518368
OS Grid: NZ145183
Mapcode National: GBR JH1Q.30
Mapcode Global: WHC5L.PM1T
Entry Name: Alwent Mill and Mill Race
Listing Date: 4 July 1985
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1121101
English Heritage Legacy ID: 111040
Location: Gainford, County Durham, DL2
County: County Durham
Civil Parish: Gainford
Traditional County: Durham
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): County Durham
Church of England Parish: Gainford
Church of England Diocese: Durham
NZ 11 NW GAINFORD ALWENT MILL LANE
(North side, off)
Alwent Mill and
5/87 mill race
Water-powered mill for grinding corn. Dated 1792 with later C19 alterations.
Dressed sandstone with ashlar mill race; cast-iron and timber mill wheel;
pantiled roof with triple course of sandstone flags at eaves of central section
and single row to left section. 2 storeys, 4 bays. Single-bay left section
and quoined, single-bay central section project and have boarded door to left
and two blocked openings to right. 2-bay right section has central Dutch
door with flat surround and lintel dated 1792; first floor has two boarded
openings. Roof has slightly-projecting eaves and raised verge to left.
Mill race enters to rear of left return via a wooden sluice. Stream formerly
drove a high breast-shot water wheel, over 4 metres in diameter, which worked
three pairs of different grindstones. Small, oat-drying kiln in room above
Alwent Mill is one of the few watermills in County Durham with its machinery
still in situ and it remained in use until about 1948.
Single-storey addition to left is not of special interest.
(Vera Chapman, Rural Durham, 1977).
Listing NGR: NZ1452318368
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