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Beeleigh Mill

CM9 6LL

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This is a rare opportunity for Chelmer Canal Trust members to visit this historic site for a guided tour and access to the engine house. Numbers for the engine house are limited and you will need to pick an available time slot.

Beeleigh mill was large flour mill on the river Chelmer near Maldon, Essex. It had two water wheels driving 10 stones, to which was added a separate building which housed a steam-powered beam engine driving five millstones. The main building housing the water-powered wheels burnt down in a fire in 1875.

The site, which is Grade II*, now comprises the building housing the steam engine and the drive gearing for its millstones, the brick housing for one of the waterwheels, and the two adjacent brick-lined barge docks used for loading flour for shipment to London.

The steam mill is divided into 2 rooms, separated by a brick partition. The smaller north-western part is full height and contains the complete iron, double-acting Wentworth compound steam beam engine which was installed in 1845. Alongside is an 'Elephant' boiler with 2 safety valves and firebox. It is the only surviving example of this type of boiler in England, though it was more popular in France and Belgium.

The ground floor of the larger room contains the drive gears including a circular-plan iron husts with an iron upright shaft with great spur wheel, which drive each of the five pairs of stones.

The upper floor has the emplacements for the stones. The drive shafts are in place, but the stones themselves are no longer there.

There is NO parking at the site. We suggest that you park in either:
a) the Museum of Power at Langford (CM9 6QA, off the B1019) and walk along the footpath to Beeleigh Falls and across the bridge to us. There is also limited parking just before the bridge over the Beeleigh Flood Lock, on the access road to Maldon Golf Club.
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b) Maldon, near Tesco at the end of the Causeway, and walk along the towpath beside the river Blackwater to Beeleigh Falls, then across the bridge to the mill.


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