Yarmouth Mill

In my family we all seem to love the Isle of Wight. One family member has a caravan there. Others take holidays and then there are day trips. Quite a regular for my wife and I has been to take the ferry from Lymington to Yarmouth and then walk across the island to Freshwater Bay. It isn’t all that far and is an easy walk. Quite a bit of it is along the route of the old Freshwater, Yarmouth and Newport Railway which keeps close by the estuary of the Yar River. There are wading birds to see and odd bits of railway relic here and there, but the most impressive structure, just as you start on the old railway is Yarmouth Mill.


This is (or was) a tide mill. Once upon a time the incoming or outgoing tide was used to turn the machinery. A large pond could store high tide water for use as the tide fell.

It is a listed building so we’ll let the listing citation tell us about it.

Former tide mill and miller’s house, now house. Mid C18 altered in C19. Mainly red brick in English bond with some grey headers and bands of grey headers between 1st and 2nd floors and above 2nd floor.

Slate roof with end brick chimneystacks. 3 storeys and attics. 6 windows. All windows to front have cambered heads. 1st floor has 2 sashes, otherwise mainly casements. 2 simple doorcases (the left hand side was formerly the mill, the right hand side the house). 2 S-shaped iron ties and deep plinth. North front has 5 S-shaped iron ties and 16-pane sash. South front has 5 S-shaped iron tiles. 3 C19 sashes with verticals only and horns and 3 C20 sashes.

Ground floor is of coursed stone rubble. 1 storey C18 addition to right of red brick with tiled roof hipped to one side. C20 window and 1 S-shaped iron tie. Rear elevation has irregular fenestration with mainly C19 casements in C18 surrounds.

Now I like these rather industrial buildings although some might think it out of place in rural West Wight. But of course, this was and is a working and living community. Moving water was an ideal power source for milling.

And this close up of side and back shows all those S shaped ties.


It’s a lovely island and a lovely walk. The mill building, which I think is now in use as holiday lets?? Is a little bit of icing on what is already a wonderful cake.

Oh, you may have noticed a variation in weather between the two photos. One dates from 2013 and the other from 2011.


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One Response to “Yarmouth Mill”

  1. sed30 Says:

    Reblogged this on sed30's Blog and commented:
    Had to reblog this as I like mills etc

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