Margaret Brown and Wendy Faulkner came in December to give the Friends a talk on Earby’s Corn Mill, Boom to Bust. This walk will be a good accompaniment to the earlier talk.
From a simple corn mill to the height of its development as a weaving mill, along the way the corn mill was dominated by agricultural practices of grain and malt production. Of course corn mills needed water to drive the machinery, so look for a mill pond and a fast flowing stream, apparently this stream never runs dry. Water was also needed during the industrial revolution to drive the cotton spinning machines.
No doubt the earlier links to the Romans, Danes and Saxons will be mentioned and of course the industrial revolution has its place too. Margaret and Wendy will also be able to point out where the archaeology dig took place.
Meet at the Youth Hostel, we will have a cup of tea here at the end of the walk and who knows, there may be some cake too.
Fairly flat terrain. Some uneven ground. Time 1-2 hours. Dress accordingly for the weather. Sensible footwear.
Banner Image: The Old Mill Pond at Earby, now a playground. Attribution: Margaret Brown