Harris' Mill, Lowertown, Helston, 1958
|Place||Lowertown, Helston Cornwall United Kingdom|
|Keywords||Trades and Professions Miller Helston|
|Copyright||Image Courtesy of Helston Museum|
Harris' Mill, Lowertown, Helston, 1958. Situated on the River Cober, the watermill was still at work in 1960. It was originally built for the manufacture of woollen blankets and later converted to a flour mill. The main shaft was carried up through the first floor and, by means of a crown wheel and pinion, drove auxiliary machinery. The lower wheel rotated continuously and the upper wheel was fixed to an axle with chain. A loose strap hung from the upper wheel. When sacks of flour required to be hoisted through trap doors in the floors of the mill, the jockey pulley was pulled by a cord against the strap, causing the belt to drive. This was a comparatively modern practice.