National Mills Weekend is the annual national festival of our milling heritage and enables people to visit a wide range of mills, including Coultershaw. Until the advent of the steam engine, wind and watermills provided the only source of power for many different processes – from making flour, paper, cloth to hammering metal and extracting oils. There have been mills at Coultershaw from before the Domesday survey of 1086, until 1973 when the last mill was demolished. The mills were located here on the River Rother so that they could be powered by river water. Coultershaw had a variety of mills over the centuries- corn mills, fulling mills and malting mills. The remains of the mills can be seen together with the impressive waterwheel-powered beam pump.
We now have a souvenir mug on sale at Coultershaw for £5. One of the popular Stubbs Mugs ‘I’d rather be’ series, it has I’D RATHER BE AT THE BEAM PUMP around the mug with the Heritage Site Logo on the base.
The Coultershaw Heritage Site is participating in Heritage Open Days again this year. It is an opportunity for people to explore a range of sites which interpret heritage and culture for free. Many sites, some not normally open to the public, are involved during the weekend. Further details can found here: