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Place Mill

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Place Mill is a heritage Mill, situated on the Quomps, Christchurch Quay. It is one of the key heritage sites in Christchurch, alongside Christchurch Castle, the Norman House, and the Priory.

Dating back to the 11th Century (a mill on this site was mentioned in the Domesday Book!), the Mill showcases evidence of Saxon and Tudor brickwork, and inside offers visitors a chance to explore a replica of the historical tools and equipment of the mill. This includes the Great Spur Wheel which is driven by the waterwheel through a series of cogs, which turn the millstones on the first floor.

The Mill Stream branches from the River Avon almost a kilometre away at Brewhouse Hole. Place Mill was unique because it took power from one river and discharged it to another - the Stour. Both rivers are tidally affected and flood sometimes following heavy rain.

When the Mill was in production up until 1908, the miller would have ensured almost constant milling by using weirs up river to control the flow. Sadly, the building could not stand the vibration so now it is not possible to demonstrate it working fully.

Place Mill was bought by the Council in 1908 and was rented out as a boat shed. In 1980 it was taken back for restoration & to be made open to the public.

Sitting alongside the mill displays, Place Mill has gallery space that can be used for artist and maker exhibitions. This creates a unique showcase of local heritage and culture for both residents and tourists to enjoy. All exhibitions are free of charge and there will be a selection of artwork on sale.

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Venue/Contact Details
Place Mill
2 Quay Road
BH23 1BU
Area coverage
BCP Area
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Times and Costs
Opening times:
Due to the conditions of the Mill, Place Mill only opens over summer and opening times vary with the artistic exhibitions it hosts.
Further opening details:
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  • Daily
  • All Year Round
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