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NPRN 40130

Map Reference SJ10NW

Grid Reference SJ1156607707

Unitary (Local) Authority Powys

Old County Montgomeryshire

Community Llanfair Caereinion

Type of Site CORN MILL


Period Post Medieval

Site Description Melin Dolrhyd is an eighteenth century building which combined the mill and the miller's house. It is a two-storey timber-framed structure with brick infill panels under a slate roof. In the early nineteenth century the waterwheel, on the south-east side, was enclosed under a rubblestone building, and the drying kiln wing on the north-east side is probably of a similar date. The large undershot wheel, with wooden paddles on a cast iron frame supplied by the Welshpool Foundry, replaced an earlier wooden wheel. It was fed by a short leat from a wooden weir on the River Banwy, and milling ceased when the weir collapsed c1950. A complete set of machinery rerained in situ in 1996, comprising the gearing to a tall upright shaft with a spur wheel driving two pairs of stones, and a further, added pair driven from a layshaft meshing with the pitwheel; one pair of stones had been removed. A crown wheel drove the sack hoist and a wire machine, and there was a half attic with two hoppers and chutes to the stones. The kiln had a perforated tile floor supported on brick barrel vaulting, and a wrought iron fire basket.

Information from Cadw Listed Buildings database and Welsh Mills Society Newsletter 15, January 1989.
W J Crompton, RCAHMW, 13 August 2014.

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