in the Vale of Taunton Deane, Bishops Lydeard is a small village near
the market town of Taunton. There were originally two mills in the
village, Higher and Lower, supplying the area with flour. Higher mill
has been subsequently demolished, leaving this excellent example of
an overshot waterwheel at the lower mill.
The watermill has been renovated over the past few years and was officially opened by the town Mayor on Saturday 10th May 2003.
Work has been done to restore the mill so that it is a working mill. Although we now know that there was a second wheel (used for fulling) on the site there are no plans to replace that. Among the many traditional trades and crafts displayed are the wheelwright's shop, transported from Devon and preserved exactly as it was left on the day the owner shut up shop, and the equally authentic Blacksmith's shop. Another aspect of the Mill and Rural Life Museum presentations are the models depicting the many types of mills that exist plus various scenic displays and some 30 carriages and wagons. These are not the only items that are featured, so why not make a visit to check out what else is on view?
We have donated £113,00 to charities, achieving the milestone of £100,000 in our 2013 season and 10th year of operation! We had a record sum of £13,000 going to charity for the 2014 season (£2,600 to each organisation). We hope for greater things for 2015, so please come and support us!
There is much to see and do in the village of Bishops Lydeard. Allow at least half a day so you can relax in our Dusty Miller's tea room, with a range of home made cakes, soft drinks, ice creams and confectionery, before visiting other attractions such as the West Somerset Railway.