Water wheel bearing

The water wheel provides a quarter of the power in the mill. After 60 years of work its phosphor bronze bearing has worn out. As there isn’t a spare on the shelf we have had to have a pattern made and a new a new bearing cast by Bridport Foundry down in west Dorset. The mill pond has been drained to ensure no water goes over the wheel while the work is carried out and water has been syphoned from the wheel’s buckets so the wheel doesn’t turn. It has been a long process and we’re hoping to have it fitted and back running again in the next couple of weeks. It won’t take the mill pond to refill from the River Sturkel and the ducks will be happy once more!