Acorn Bank Watermill Trust

Internal Gearing

One large problem in being able to run the second waterwheel to do anything usefull is that we don't have any of the internal gearing. We assume that this was removed when the second wheel was converted to be used for the gypsum mine. If we are going to install a pit wheel that is a complete wheel, i.e. has not been cast in two parts to be bolted together, we need to do this before the waterwheel is built.

The search for a suitable part had been going on for years on and off but without success until in 2023 a complete set of gears was located in Wales. Originially from Felin Cwm Mill, the gear set was in the ownership of the Welsh Mills Society and was temporarily stored on a farm near Aberystwyth. Two of our members went down and after much cutting of undergrowth, brambles etc. they uncoverd a whole set of useful looking pieces including the crucial pit wheel.

The gears had been saved when the Felin Cwm Mill became derelict, with the aim of being able to use them in a future mill restoration. They were happy to sell us the set and helped with arranging transport from a local haulier.

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The Welsh gears uncovered from their brambles

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The gears arrived early one morning at the end of January on the back of a large truck and were carried into the mill yard by a local farmer using his telehandler.

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Spur wheel and wallower on the way to the mill

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Pit wheel in the mill yard