Restoration on historic bone mill at Penpol completed
RESTORATION work on a historic bone mill has been completed.
Work on the mill, at the head of the Restronguet tidal creek at Penpol, near Feock, has been carried out by the Restronguet Creek Society.
Committee member Roger Higgins and stonework specialist Adam Pearce have been able to rebuild the western pier of the mill dam to about half its height using the original stones which, over the last two decades, had been dislodged and lost in the silt.
Mr Higgins said: "It has been exciting to rediscover the original site for the two dam piers of the bone mill and the curved wall which joined the piers to the water wheel."
Bone mills used the power of the tide to grind animal bone into a powder so it could be used as a fertiliser, or as part of the lead smelting process.
Mr Higgins said: "The evidence of the bone mill pond in Penpol was in danger of being lost forever when it is an important part of Cornish industrial history."