Beeleigh Steam Mill

Picture of exterior of Beeleigh Steam Mill near the Chelmer Canal.
"Hidden gem... nestles by the Chelmer Canal, which offered a lovely walk... there were enthusiastic and knowledgeable members of the Beeleigh Mill Restoration Group on hand to give guided tours, with lots of engineering detail!" – Essex Days Out

This historical mill is one of the most attractive and fascinating in East Anglia. Once a major mill site, working up until the early 20th century, Beeleigh Steam Mill includes a rare Wentworth beam engine, elephant boiler and circular all-iron steam mill dating from 1845.

Beam engine and elephant boiler at Beeleigh Steam Mill, Maldon, Essex

Our guides are pleased to show you around and explain the mill’s workings. Visits by appointment.

History

There have been water mills recorded on this site since 1066, including in the Domesday Book. Records dated 1683 refer to two fulling (beating and cleaning of cloth in water) mills and two corn mills. A channel of the River Chelmer once flowed through the site, operating the water wheels and giving access for barges.

When rebuilt in 1795 the mill was five storeys high, with ten millstones and two water wheels. Contemporary accounts describe many barges anchored around it, connecting with ocean-going ships at the Hythe in Maldon, bound for London and beyond.

Steam came to the mill in 1845, when the Wentworth beam engine and elephant boiler were installed, which remain in place in excellent condition. These drove a further 5 sets of millstones, making Beeleigh one of the largest milling sites in Essex.

In 1875 the weatherboard water mill was complete destroyed by a fire that lit up the local countryside for miles. The steam mill survived and remains as it was left.

There are future plans to develop the site as an educational and heritage destination.

Photographs by Chris Allen, released under Creative Commons - Geograph 1177702, Geograph 1177684 and Geograph 3010033.

If you are travelling on public transport to get to one of the Essex Country Parks – take a look at the Traveline journey planner.

Open

By appointment - call Gemma 0774 090 1323 or email gemma.clayton@essex.gov.uk


Find and contact

Abbey Turning
Maldon
Essex

0333 013 8156

gemma.clayton@essex.gov.uk


At this place

Dogs: Not allowed
Picnics: Allowed
BBQ: Not Allowed

Events

Parking

Parking at the Museum of Power, Langford.

Walks

You could include viewing the outside of, or an organised visit to, Beeleigh Steam Mill in a walk around the wider area, such as Navigation walks: Beeleigh and Ulting walk - PDF, 745KB, which is around 6 miles.

For schools

Our mills team can design a school group visit to Beeleigh Steam Mill that will release children’s imaginations as well as meet your curriculum needs. Please call the team on 0345 603 7624 to find out more.

Parking

You can park at the Museum of Power, Langford and walk to the site, a distance of around 1 mile.

Toilets

There are no toilets on site.

Accessibility

Because of the historical nature of the building, there is no disabled access. Spaces are confined on ground floor and in the beam engine viewing gallery.

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