Welcome to Mortimers Cross Mill.This 1750 Water Mill is an excellent example of how man has harnessed the energy of the river Lugg to mill wheat into flour or crush grains for animal feed.
To raise awareness for water mills generally we take part in the National Milling Weekend by doing actual milling on the sunday May 11th at 3pm.
Admission includes a piece of performance art by Ze Miller.or is it a guided tour?£5 Adults,£4 over a certain age and £3 under a certain age.* On a good day you should hear all about life in the mill in the 18th century.What clothes the miller wore.Who the miller shared his life with and how technical terms have become used in everyday 21st century speech.If you are only interested in the technical side mills & milling then dont come on a sunday.On Milling Days Ze Miller shuts up and leaves it to the experts! Dont get Ze Miller started on "Fibre in the diet and whole meal bread".You will learn stuff about bread no one knows nor wants you to know.
There is a large car park here.*
There is plenty to see but beware of slippery paths. Hiking boots or wellingtons with good grip recommended.
Steep river banks and deep fast flowing water need to be avoided so please keep a close eye on your children. This is a working farm so please dont bring your dog.
The Juke Box has an important piece by Tony Phillips talking about an exhibition at Liverpool University Art Gallery together with an interesting poem by his partner Siona which really needs to be listened to a few times because its clever and funny.(Though the main content of the poem is exactly the opposite of how I lead my life which is why I think its funny I guess) Both kindly allowed to be recorded here by Keane, The Editor of Italy`s leading Arts News Web Site. www.barganews.com
None of this is relevant to the Mill.
Together with the Mill there is also a museum of The Battle Of Mortimers Cross.Its a very small battle centre but reading every word and viewing the battle field plans will give you huge insight into what took place here in 1461.The winner became king Edward 4th so its an important part of Britain`s history.Entrance to the battle centre costs just £3 if you dont want to go into the Mill.
Being an early example of water power we have a separate paragraph called FREE ELECTRICITY.
Inspired by the amount of water rushing by the weir and mill it seemed obvious to try and make some free electricity here.My research started in 2005 I hosted the first meeting of HEREFORDSHIRE HYDRO Feb 25th 2007
I had been to the meeting in Hereford thinking a local group had already been created because various press reports suggested that. It surprised me that only about a dozen people hung back and retired to the front right hand corner with a view to creating a local group. I concluded the other 135 people at the meeting were solely interested in making money out of those 12 !
Terminology and How To Get Started!
Imagine a waterfall. A stream comes along and falls over a cliff and lands in a pool below. The distance the water falls is measured. That is basically The Head. To generate electricity you need a head of 4 feet (1.25 m)or more. If you can direct a constant body of water down a pipe with a vertical drop of 4 feet or more into a turbine you will be in business. (You can buy chinese made turgo turbines for as little as £250 which will power your home if you have a waterfall handy)The Archimedian screw turbine will work in places where a vertical drop is not possible and a steep slope exists instead. The water vortex system works in places with close to zero head.To generate enough electricity to sell to the grid however requires one to work out how much water flows past your chosen site over a period such as a year. The measured flow rate is then used to help decide what system to choose.
The archimedian screw turbine is ideally suited to low head situations. The machinery is made in China but sold by a company in Germany.They wanted £60,000 in 2005 from me to fit one in my top sluice by the weir and I thought and said an old grain auger from a farm sale might do the job for a tenner.I was told not to infringe their patents!
Finding solutions and names of turbines is very difficult.But doing your own research via links to web sites broadens ones knowledge hugely.
if the link has disappeared find herehydro dot weebly dot com
Many links came to me via e mails as a result of Herefordshire Hydro Group Existing.The late Andrew Stobbart very kindly reproduced them in our Hydro Group web site.
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