WELCOME TO CRAANFORD MILLS

Closed for season 

TOURS BY APPOINTMENT FOR SEPTEMBER 2023 (086 1279307)

wheelchair accessible


About us

A unique early 17th Century, 1610, heritage site and working museum with a restored and operational water wheel.
Craanford mills is housed in a domestic scale structure.

This corn-grinding mill was lovingly restored to full working order by the Lyons family, opened to public 1994 and was highly commended in the Henry Ford Conservation Awards in 1996, also pipped for 1st prize in the Heritage Category.

The works are on view to visitors with interpretive data, explanatory exhibits.

Tours are suitable for student groups,  school tours, active retirement and other groups.

 ‘Kiln’ Tea/Coffee room on site.

timeline

 

1610

First record of Mill 1610, owner Mr Byrne


1820

Lyons family purchase Mill from Mr Innman, 2nd owner


1948

Water Mill replaced by Hammer Mill  powered by an attached tractor

1951
Mill ceased operation with the introduction of rural electrification.

1990

Michael Lyons starts renovation of the Mill.  The Mill wheel starts moving in 1991

1994

Michael Lyons completes restoration of Mill and opens it to visitors

2021

John Lyons becomes Caretaker of the Mill

Step BACK IN TIME...


The flagstone floors have been worn away by 200 years of shuffling feet, the stairs creek
 in mild complaint and on one side of the room
 sacks of ground meal slouch against each other.

For the 21st century visitor, a watermill like the one at the village of Craanford is full of romance and nostalgia.  One can imagine farmers three centuries ago bringing their freshly harvested grain to be ground into all important life-giving meal.