HISTORY REBUILT

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  • From History

High Mill Alston   

High Mill in the Cumbrian town of Alston was built in 1767 as a water driven corn mill by renowned engineer John Smeaton.

Smeaton is famously known for his Eddystone lighthouse.
The grade II listed mill has been through a number of alterations through the ages but the original Smeaton design is still easily recognisable. Internally there is little left of the original building besides the water wheel and the pit wheel.

To help with tourism in Alston and to record the historic importance of this building, the mill has been digitally reconstructed and illustrated within a fun and informative virtual reality tour through its history.

Click HERE to see the VR launch reported on ITV news

Screen shots above

The complete Tour below

Here below you can slide the vertical center bar to compare the 21st century building with its reconstructed 18th century counterpart.

The extension to the right and the additional floor was added in the 1820’s.

The water wheel is housed in the wheelhouse to the left of the main building. Water was delivered through the roof at high level by means of the raised wooden trough which ran along behind a terrace of buildings.
The water originated from a dam at the top of the hill where the recreation grounds and bowling green now exist.
It was later redirected underground and raised up to the wheel by a standpipe inside the wheel house.

View the animated Waterwheel scene without visiting the whole tour.

Once the animation starts you can use your mouse to rotate around the scene and zoom in and out.

There is a full screen button at the bottom left
(disable the sound with a quick mouse click)