Acorn Bank Garden and Watermill is located at Temple Sowerby, around six miles east of the town of Penrith.
The garden and watermill are owned by the National Trust.
The watermill is being restored by a team of volunteers, one of
whom is recording the work and other mill-related activities in this blog
Today we began to dismantle the old launder. We had to remove the plastic pond liner that has kept us more-or-less watertight for the past 2 seasons, then knock the bottom planks out with a very big hammer. Because the weather was very cold, and there had been snow recently, the launder had a good layer of ice, and you can see George shovelling some of it away.
Earlier, when we first arrived, we found that the huge stack of timber for the launder and the waterwheel lining had been delivered - in fact it was delivered last Friday and had spent the weekend freezing into a solid lump. We scraped the ice off, managed to separate the boards, and got them all safely stored by lunchtime. All the screws and other hardware had been delivered up at the house, along with our very own assemble-it-yourself wheelbarrow. We therefore assembled the barrow fingertight so we could wheel the ironmongery down to the mill.
After lunch we had a useful forward planning meeting with Sara.