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The Hoist, Harris' Mill, Lowertown, Helston, 1958

PlaceLowertown, Helston Cornwall United Kingdom
KeywordsTrades and Professions Miller Helston
CopyrightImage Courtesy of Helston Museum

The hoist at 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.