Dunkirk Mill, near Nailsworth

Last Saturday during our filming of the Stroudwater Textile Trust at St Mary's Mill, Ian Mackintosh talked about Dunkirk Mill, their other site which they open to the public on odd occasions. We couldn't film it then so Robyn and I met this morning to record some general exterior views of it to use during our film. Unfortunately we couldn't get access to the interior which has a working water wheel that is show to visitors on their Open Days, but we might be able to use some archive film of it in action.

We used Robyn's rather excellent Canon video camera and I have been the camera operator which has been a blast from the past. I quickly grabbed this blip with m own camera, after we'd finished filming the moving pictures. It was interesting to be able to use a video camera again, a Canon EOS C100 Mark I,I which can utilise Canon's EF mount L Series lenses. I'll be interested to see the quality it produces.

Dunkirk Mill is now fully residential after conversion started in the 1990s. The water supply was retained with a pond and leets which allows a reasonable flow to turn the original waterwheel, which visitors can see for themselves when the Stroudwater Textile Trust has Open Days.

Behind the building as seen here, there is  the Nailsworth stream which flows to join the River Frome at Stroud and a cycle and footpath path along the track of the old Nailsworth branch railway line.

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