On 16 July the Industrial Heritage Group enjoyed a visit to the Flint Mill at Cheddleton and industrial heritage sites at Froghall and Consall Forge on the beautiful Caldon Canal in Staffordshire.
At the Mill, a very informative talk was given by Ted Royle, the Curator and involved there for almost 40 years. The Flint Mill was built on the site of an old corn mill dating from the Middle Ages and has been operating since the eighteenth century for grinding flints for the nearby Staffordshire pottery industry (the ground flint is used to enable the production of white earthenware pottery).
After the Mill visit, the Group drove to the site of impressive lime kilns and canal installations at Froghall Quay before taking a fascinating wet walk in the rain along the towpath of the Caldon Canal, in a valley steeped in the history of ironstone mining, copper manufacture, limestone industries and the Churnet Valley Railway. A hot drink at the Black Lion pub fortified the walkers before the return walk to Froghall.
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