Pinsley Mill

Pinsley Mill, also known as Etnam Street Mill,[1] is a former watermill in Leominster, Herefordshire, England.

It was one of Leominster's first mills, situated where the Pinsley Brook left the monastic precinct around Leominster Priory, and was mentioned in a lease of 1675 as a "watercorne" mill.[1]

At some time between 1744 and 1748 it was reopened by Daniel Bourn as a cotton mill, one of the Paul-Wyatt cotton mills built to house the roller spinning machinery invented by Lewis Paul and John Wyatt,[2] that first enabled the spinning of cotton "without the aid of human fingers".[3] Bourn's mill operated successfully as a mill until 1754, when it was destroyed by fire.[4]

The mill was rebuilt and returned to its original function as a corn mill, remaining in use until the Second World War.[1]

The mill was vandalised and set alight several times in 2010 – 2013. It was demolished in 2014.



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Coordinates: 52°13′39″N 2°43′55″W / 52.2275°N 2.7319°W / 52.2275; -2.7319