Sarehole Mill is one of only two surviving working watermills in Birmingham. The existing building was constructed around 1750, although there was known to be a mill here as early as the Tudor period. Today the mill is best know for its association with the author JRR Tolkien who spent part of his childhood nearby and who used the site and its surroundings as the inspiration for the Shire in The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.
Although now surrounded by the Birmingham suburbs, the mill retains a tranquil rural atmosphere and the millpond provides a haven for wildlife including kingfishers, herons and a range of other species. We now have a pond dipping platform.
Having undergone recent renovation, Sarehole Mill is now milling flour on Wednesdays and Sundays.
A range of teaching sessions take place at Sarehole Mill covering a range of curriculum areas and ages.