Wyre Mill Club Ltd
Mill Lane
Wyre Piddle
WR10 2JF

tel: 01386 552079
email: honsec@wyremill.co.uk

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Wyre Mill ClubThe records of a mill on this site go back over one thousand years and at this time it was owned by the Abbot of Pershore.  It’s value then was 10/- (50p) and sixty stitches of eels (25 eels to a stitch).

There have been several mills on the site since then and on the 18th May 1811 it is recorded that “the first stone of the new Mill was laid on this day by T. Lloyd at Piddle, now called Wyre Mills.”  The mill was completed on 20th February 1813.  The foundations consist of a timber raft which extends some sixteen feet beyond the outer walls.

The mill ceased trading in 1948 and in November 1953 C.D. Barwell, O.B.E., purchased the freehold.  His aim was not only to form a social club but also to use the mill as a headquarters for the restoration of the Lower Avon Navigations which at that time was only navigable as far as Pershore from Tewkesbury.

In 1954, G.W. Matthews became the first Club Secretary and in that year “a bar was opened!”  The buildings were in a very poor state of repair and much had to be done to make them useable, most of the work was carried out by members.  Also in 1954 electric light and power became available and the first Warden, later to be known as Steward, was employed.

In those early days a mooring charge for a cruiser was 5/- (25p) per week and Family Membership cost £3/13/6d. (£3.68) per annum.  Later in 1954 the Caravan Field was inaugurated and the Sailing Section in 1955.

In 1961, the Lower Avon Navigation Trust Limited bought the Mill from Douglas Barwell and in the same year the Club was incorporated as a Limited Company.  The Club leased the premises for 21 years during which time many more improvements were made, again, the work done mainly by the Members.  Some of the surrounding meadowland was also purchased.

The lease terminated in 1982, Members then purchased debentures and this money, together with a healthy bank balance, enabled the Membership to purchase the freehold.  The club is now owned by the Members and run by the Members.




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