THE SPADE MILL
Patterson’s Spade Mill is the last working water-driven spade mill in daily use in the British Isles.
The Patterson family started making spades in 1695 and the skills were passed down through generations until 1990, when the last of the Pattersons spade makers passed away and the Mill was taken on by the National Trust.
The spade mill is steeped in history and daily demonstrations will show the skills required to turn a block of steel into a spade of the highest quality that will last a lifetime.
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