Thursday, 12 January 2012
MILL POOL AND MORETON'S FARMYARD 1973
The pool once powered the Corn Mill in Mill Lane off Kinderton Street, a 17th Century building said by some to be the oldest brick building in the town. The Mill building was (and is) out of shot to the right. About fifty yards out of shot, actually.
Mill Pool was fed by a mill stream which as descibed here (in the first Middlewich photo we ever posted on Facebook) supplied water to the water tower at Middlewich station before running into a small pond on the other side of King Street, where we all fished for sticklebacks as children, and then through a culvert under the road into the Mill Pool. The water from the pool, after powering the mill, drained into our old friend the River Croco.
Presumably that stream still runs underneath the filled-in pool in a culvert which still drains into the River Croco close to Town Bridge Motors. Another investigation is called for when the warmer weather arrives.
Town Bridge Motors now occupy the old Corn Mill (Though my brain will insist that it's called 'Old Mill Motors'. Was the firm ever called that? Is there another firm somewhere called that? Or is it just such a good name for a car repair business that my brain won't let go of it?).
In the background is the also less than photogenic farmyard belonging to Pool Head Farm (the buildings to the left, nearest the road, always being referred to as the 'stack yard'.
The Mill Pool was, at one time, separated from the road and footpath by a high brick wall which ran all the way down to the end of King Street and round the corner into Kinderton Street.
Modern houses have been built on the site of the pool and people can be forgiven for not realising that it ever existed. Only the name of the adjacent Pool Head Farm commemorates Middlewich's lost mill pool.
The whole area is a lot tidier now, certainly than it was when this picture was taken (although, as we said here, Moreton's farmyard now more closely resembles an industrial estate than a farmyard) but it has lost a lot of its semi-rural charm and character.