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Tilty exterior

Exterior showing lucam - 2005

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The main gearing - 2005

  CONDITION SURVEY and RESTORATION STRATEGY for Tilty watermill, Essex


Tilty watermill is an attractive, brick-built water-powered rural corn mill. The present structure, probably erected on or near the site of the original manorial mill, is thought to date from the third quarter of the 18th century. It remains structurally and mechanically complete, surviving together with its original range of timber and masonry outbuildings, which include a pair of cottages.

The mill contains a large cast iron waterwheel and a complete set of gearing to three pairs of millstones. Additional equipment includes a sack hoist, a small modern hammer mill and a fourth pair of stones mounted on an elegant cast iron frame. Finely worked timbers of oak and pine are striking elements of the mill.

The present owners are keen that the mill should have a secure and sustainable future in new ownership. In September 2005, Bonwick MHC was commissioned to review the current state and contents of the mill and to design a detailed, stage-by-stage conservation strategy for its structure and working parts. The report offers a detailed analysis of the key components of the building and mechanism in sequence, going on to describe the condition and degree of repair required to each element of the mill.