Saltford Brass Mill Project
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In a Sales Catalogue of 1865 four waterwheels of 15ft diameter were listed at Saltford Mill which would have been mainly of wooden construction but in addition an iron wheel was also included which had not been listed in a surveyor's report some ten years previously. This comparatively new wheel of that time must be the one of 18ft 11 in diameter that survives, still in a workable condition at Saltford thanks to a considerable maintenance programme, carried out by our volunteers during 2003-4.
After the brass mill closed in 1925 the wheel was adapted with a chain drive to operate an electric dynamo which provided a lighting system to the newly installed leisure facilities in the building. Later, the system was used to power a saw bench for boat building and maintenance.