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© Mr F. Bryan Basketter LRPS

IoE Number: 212850
Location: HIGH TOWNCORN MILL,
  DUNHAM MASSEY, TRAFFORD, GREATER MANCHESTER
Photographer: Mr F. Bryan Basketter LRPS
Date Photographed: 05 September 1999
Date listed: 12 July 1985
Date of last amendment: 12 July 1985
Grade II*

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SJ 78 NWDUNHAM MASSEYDUNHAM PARK6/91Sawmill(formerly listedas High Towncorn Mill)

SJ 78 NW DUNHAM MASSEY DUNHAM PARK 6/91 Sawmill (formerly listed as High Towncorn Mill) 5.3.59 G.V. II* Watermill, originally a cornmill then a sawmill. Possibly 1616 for "old" Sir George Booth, but definitely pre 1697. English garden wall bond brickwork with stone dressings and graduated stone slate roof. 2 storeys plus attic. Stone plinth, stone quoins and coped gables with kneelers. South elevation has a semi-circular stone arched waterwheel housing flanked on either side by stone buttresses; 3 2- light and 3 3-light double-chamfered stone mullion windows (some later) with leaded casements and 2 gables (although the main roof runs longitudinally). Each end elevation has an oeil-de-boeuf within the gable which was added in 1756 when some other alterations were made. The north side has a small projecting wing with stone dressed oeil-de-boeuf and a shaped brick chimney shaft to the carpenter's shop. Door openings occur in each elevation. The other window openings appear to be of a later date. Each storey is divided into 2 rooms by a half-timbered partition. On the ground floor is the overshot waterwheel (reconstructed) in one room and a lathe in the other. On the first floor (which because of the crossfall has access at ground level) is the carpenter's shop in one room and frame saw, wood-boring machine and circular saw in the other. The attic is reached by a central flight of steps and formerly housed the granary. A rare and well preserved example of a C17 watermill which was restored and much of the machinery re-constructed in c.1980, resulting in a fine working example.

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