Beeleigh Steam Mill

One of the most attractive and fascinating mills in East Anglia, Beeleigh Mill includes a rare beam engine and elephant boiler. Open by appointment.

At a glance

Opening times

Currently closed due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) public health threat

(By appointment. Email essex.countryparks@essex.gov.uk)

Find & contact

Abbey Turning, Maldon, Essex, England, CM9 6LJ
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essex.countryparks@essex.gov.uk

Parking & prices

Parking at the Museum of Power, Langford.

Visit the MiPermit portal page.

At this place

  • Dogs not allowed
  • Picnics allowed
  • BBQs not allowed

Introduction

This historical mill is one of the most attractive and fascinating in East Anglia. Once a major mill site, working up until the early 20th century, Beeleigh Steam Mill includes a rare Wentworth beam engine, elephant boiler and circular all-iron steam mill dating from 1845.

Visits by appointment.

History

There have been water mills recorded on this site since 1066, including in the Domesday Book. Records dated 1683 refer to two fulling (beating and cleaning of cloth in water) mills and two corn mills.

A channel of the River Chelmer once flowed through the site, operating the water wheels and giving access for barges. When rebuilt in 1795 the mill was five storeys high, with ten millstones and two water wheels.

Contemporary accounts describe many barges anchored around it, connecting with ocean-going ships at the Hythe in Maldon, bound for London and beyond.

Steam came to the mill in 1845, when the Wentworth beam engine and elephant boiler were installed, which remain in place in excellent condition. These drove a further 5 sets of millstones, making Beeleigh one of the largest milling sites in Essex. around it, connecting with ocean-going ships at the Hythe in Maldon, bound for London and beyond.

In 1875 the weatherboard water mill was complete destroyed by a fire that lit up the local countryside for miles. The steam mill survived and remains as it was left.

Activities

Open day

To be confirmed. As part of National Mills weekend.

Walks

You could include viewing the outside of, or an organised visit to, Beeleigh Steam Mill in a walk around the wider area, such as Navigation walks: Beeleigh and Ulting walk - PDF, 745KB, which is around 6 miles.

National Mills Weekend

To be confirmed.

Facilities

Parking

You can park at the Museum of Power, Langford and walk to the site, a distance of around 1 mile.

Toilets

There are no toilets on site.

Accessibility

Because of the historical nature of the building, there is no disabled access. Spaces are confined on ground floor and in the beam engine viewing gallery.

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