STRETTON Watermill steps back in time to the Second World War on Saturday and Sunday, April 27 and 28.
Between noon and 5pm each day the ‘Wartime Mill’ will be on high alert.
There has been a watermill at Stretton since 1351, and the present building dates from 1630, but by 1870 the mill had begun grinding animal feed, rather than flour for people.
When the Second World War broke out in 1939, Britain’s grains supplies from Canada were blockaded in the Atlantic and soon after this the steam mills at Liverpool began to be blitzed.
Hundreds of little rural mills, including Stretton, which had been clinging on to existence, were to rise to the challenge during those dark days and play their part in feeding the nation.
Stretton Watermill was operating night and day, seven days a week to produce the flour needed.
There is no charge for the wartime activities, though there is a charge of £2 per adult and 75p per child for a guided tour of the working mill.
For further details, call Cheshire West Museums on 01606 271640 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.