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The Town Mill Trust

Mill Lane,, Lyme Regis
Devon, DT7 3PU

Preserving our milling heritage, supporting arts, education and the environment

This ancient watermill, set in the artisan quarter of the town, was rescued and brought to full working order by local volunteers. The story is one of local resistance to unthinking bureaucracy and the raising of the mill from dereliction, to the historic jewel that The Town Mill is today. Through volunteers and donations, the mill, its galleries and artisan workshops are open to the public all year with the aim of promoting our milling heritage, supporting arts, education and the environment.

Why the community needs us

The oldest part of the town has been renovated and made accessible to the local community. Meeting rooms, low cost artisan workshops, galleries for community art, venue for school visits and projects, an interesting and tranquil space for all to enjoy.

Our impact on the community

All gardening, milling, mill tours and Visitor Centre reception is provided by volunteers, many of whom were involved in the original restoration. A 'must see' visitor attraction and a popular destination for school and other group visits. Probably the best gallery space in Lyme Regis, accessible to all and provided free to the local school (which specialises in visual arts) for their annual exhibition.

The Town Mill Trust projects

Heritage Centre and Miller's Garden

To create an exciting, informative and interactive Visitor's Centre that promotes the heritage, educational and scientific aspects of The Town Mill. To revamp the 17th Century Miller's garden to encourage more visitors and establish a reputation for plants authentic to the period and the activities of the mill.

Why they need our service

The Visitor Centre will encourage visitors to take a tour of the mill and make donations that ensure its running costs are met.

Plan and expected results

Increased number of visitors resulting in the attraction becoming more widely known with the potential to attract more volunteers and increase donations. The Centre will provide a more professional focus for group visits that can be tailored to the interests, age and ability of the visiting group.
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Our supporters

John Norton
I made a donation to The Town Mill Trust
Gary Willis
Another tenner - every bit helps!!
Diana Forrest
I made a donation to The Town Mill Trust
Anne Orchard
I made a donation to The Town Mill Trust
Kevin Benfield
Hold up that wall!
peter whiteman
How about a small clay oven in the garden to bake some of the mill's flour into breads, rolls ,pizza ,etc. The aroma should attract more
Hilary Highet
I made a donation to The Town Mill Trust
Gordon Stobart
I made a donation to The Town Mill Trust

Our fundraisers

Charity information

The Town Mill Trust

Mill Lane,, Lyme Regis, Devon, DT7 3PU
Tel 01297 443579
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Registered charity no. 1041614

Causes that concern us:
🎀   Arts
🎀   Culture & Heritage
🎀   Community Support & Development

Validated by:
Localgiving Foundation
Established in: 1991
Full time staff: 0
Part time staff: 3
Volunteers & helpers: 50

What your gift could provide


a bag of organic wheat that can be milled into flour


a bread making, environment or art workshop for local school children


replacement bucket for the water wheel, made from Douglas Fir wood

Fundraise for us! Volunteers required!

Volunteers required

The Town Mill are always looking for volunteers. Why not learn to mill our wheat, help with the miller's garden or help out in the Visitors' Centre. If you would prefer not to have a regular volunteer slot then we also need help with leaflet delivery, fundraising, marketing and one off events.