Update on Black Pool Mill

By Abigail Wye Black Pool Mill

Bluestone National Park Resort has announced that two applications for Black Pool Mill have been submitted to Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Planning Authority. 

The first application is to change the use of the Mill from a cafe to a heritage restaurant. The second application seeks to amend listed building consent to allow for repairs and alterations needed to restore the Mill and to turn it into a thriving working building.

Sadly the condition of the Mill has been negatively affected by poor weather over the last few years.  The applications will build on the recent essential maintenance undertaken on Black Pool Mill’s roof, ensuring the survival of the Mill for future generations.

The project is receiving advice and support from The Welsh Mills Society.  All the original mill-machinery will be restored and kept in-situ forming an important backdrop to what Bluestone is determined to ensure is an authentic heritage dining experience. 

The proposals will see Black Pool Mill open to visitors all year round serving lunches, cream teas and dinner.

Speaking about the Mill and its history, Sir Edward Dashwood owner of Black Pool Mill, added: “Blackpool Mill has been in constant use since it was built in the 19th Century by one of my ancestors who lived at Slebech Park. It was an important hub for the county, converting and transporting the grain grown locally and other goods. At the beginning of the 1900s the water wheel was replaced with a modern turbine, which is still in place, and this proved a far more efficient way of converting the water into power to turn the mill machinery. My mother first opened the Mill as a tourist attraction and restaurant in the 1950s and I subsequently took over this business. It remained a delightful place to visit until economic necessity forced us to close it in the 1990s.”

“I am thrilled that Bluestone have undertaken the roof and other renovations required to bring the Mill back to its former glory. It used to be an important social hub in the county and I fully support Bluestone’s plans to bring it back to life and once more create a thriving centre and employment base in the midst of the National Park for both local and tourist visitors.”

Liz Weedon, Head of Projects at Bluestone who have a 95 year lease on the building, said: “We are really excited about the plans for Black Pool Mill which will see it restored to be enjoyed once again by local people and visitors to the county. The Mill is a unique historic building that sits in a beautiful position on the Cleddau River. The regeneration of the Mill will have great benefits for Pembrokeshire – we are committed to breathing new life into the Mill whilst preserving and restoring its historic past”. 

John Brandrick of the Welsh Mills Society said: “It is vital that Black Pool Mill is saved. The recent bad weather has been very detrimental and if left it will continue to deteriorate.  In our experience, these buildings can only survive and have a new life if there is a viable economic use. It is always a question of balance – how to inject new life into the Mill whilst keeping the authenticity of its setting.  These buildings were busy industrial centres in the past and we must not forget that if we want to save them for generations to come.”

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For further information, please contact:

Abigail Wye

Head of Communications & Public Affairs

Tel: 01834 869900 ext 627

Email: awye@bluestonewales.com