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Helsington Snuff Mill

Water Power, Compilation No.24

Checking snuff in mixing potBackground

In a loop of the River Kent, just south of Kendal in Cumbria, a small two storey stone building housed a water-powered snuff mill operated by Gawith Hoggarth & Co. since 1792. The mill closed shortly after this recording was made, in February 1991, after 199 years operation.

The line shafts, drive belts and pulleys of the water powered machinery.This compilation starts with the miller preparing raw leaf to be made into snuff.

All the old equipment is in use: the two ball mills, an eccentric sieve, wooden single-pestle mortars and an iron mixing pot, all driven by an undershot waterwheel.

The Snuff Mill


  • This compilation has no commentary.
  • NGR: SD 513 903
  • £ 12.00 - DVD
  • Running Time: 32 mins.
  • Recorded 1991
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