Cheshire Memories: Bunbury Water Mill to close after United Utilities funding cuts
A HISTORIC Cheshire water mill has been closed due to funding cuts in United Utilities.
Bunbury Water Mill in Mill Lane ended its working life in 1960 but since then it has operated as a museum with fully working machinery.
Thousands of schoolchildren visited the site each year to see the mill producing wholemeal flour and oatmeal made from locally grown milling grain.
But the mill, which usually opens between March and October, will not reopen this year as United Utilities have decided to stop funding it. They hope to find another organisation to take it over.
The same site has been used for the corn milling for the past four centuries but the current mill was rebuilt after the previous one burnt down in 1844.
A spokesman for United Utilities said: "We'll cease operating the water mill and running the educational facility from March 2010.
"Ofwat sets the prices we can charge and we have to cut costs between 2010 and 2015. Consequently, we have taken the decision to cease operating the mill."
Anyone interested in finding out more about the mill should call Chris Matthews at United Utilities on 01925 464 725.