Acorn Bank Watermill Trust

Acorn Bank Watermill Trust

Charity No. 1193320

The objects of the Acorn Bank Watermill Trust are:

  1. To preserve for the public benefit Acorn Bank Watermill, a Grade II* listed 19th Century watermill, located on the National Trust's Acorn Bank Estate at Temple Sowerby, Penrith, Cumbria CA10 1SP as a building of architectural and historical interest.

  2. To advance the education of the public by establishing Acorn Bank Watermill as a heritage centre which:

    • offers the public an opportunity to see a working water powered corn mill and associated machinery that mills wheat and produces merchantable flour thereby demonstrating the art of flour milling and the critically endangered craft of millwrighting using, as far as possible, traditional methods; and

    • enhances public knowledge and understanding of the watermill's role both in the context of the nation's wider agricultural and industrial heritage and its role in local cultural and social history, including its relationship with gypsum mining in Cumbria.

In support of its charitable objects ABWT is committed to maintaining and operating the mill for future generations by:

  1. Working collaboratively and openly with colleagues and our partner the National Trust.

  2. Engaging with the local community and relevant public bodies.

  3. Ensuring visitors feel welcome by:

    • Offering a warm and positive attitude.

    • Being polite, friendly and showing an interest in their views.

    • Valuing and respecting people as individuals.

    • Sharing knowledge and experience in an engaging and enthusiastic way.

Safeguarding, Dignity & Respect for All

ABWT is committed to creating a culture where everyone is treated with dignity & respect and promotes an environment which is free from harassment, intimidation, victimisation and/or bullying. ABWT has a particular responsibility to protect and safeguard children and at-risk adults and to this end follows national guidance and procedures.

ABWT expects all its volunteers to treat all visitors (and each other) with respect and has policy guidance in place. ABWT will not tolerate any acts, whether by physical contact, verbally or other unwanted forms of behaviour and will act promptly against any individual found guilty of such behaviour.

If anyone feels that we have not done this or sees anything that concerns them, please contact the Trust's Safeguarding Lead via email at


Trust Documents

PDF File  Acorn Bank Watermill Constitution

PDF File  Acorn Bank Watermill Charity Registration Certificate

PDF File  Acorn Bank Watermill Visitor Risk Assessment

PDF File  Data Protection Policy

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