Illustration of a water wheel


There have been mills in the area covered by Sherwood Forest for centuries. They tell a fascinating story of miserly landlords, child labour, ingenuity, invention and reinvention.

In the 18th Century a mill was any site that used animal, wind or water power. A mill houses machinery used to process materials and make goods. A mill may be driven by the wind, a flow of water or even by animals walking round and round a capstan. 

key questions

This unit will consider:

  • What is a mill?
  • Why were there so many mills in the Sherwood Forest area?
  • What was it like to work in the mills?
  • What impact did mills have on the landscape?

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