THEN & NOW on the Outer Circle – stage 1

The mill building at Sarehole Mill is almost 250 years old although it seems that there was a mill on this site from the middle of the 16th century. The mill was closed almost a hundred years ago and restored in the Sixties after a public appeal against its demolition.

The mill was originally used for grinding corn, but as the industrial revolution encroached on the area it was used for a number of metalworking purposes. The mill was leased by Matthew Boulton’s father between 1756 and 1761 when it was used it as a ‘flatting mill’, producing sheet metal used for button manufacturing. He lived at the time in Sarehole Farm, which was along Wake Green Road.

Sarehole Mill was one of 16 mills on the River Cole as it ran though Birmingham to the Tame near Coleshill. The River Cole is 26 miles long, coincidentally the same length as the Outer Circle Bus route.


Sarehole Mill c1890

Sarehole Mill – c1895

Sarehole Mill – 1961

Sarehole Mill – March 2019

Aerial view of Sarehole Mill from the west c2012

Cole Bank Road, looking west, with Sarehole Mill to the right – c1925

Ex-Birmingham bus 2956 at Sarehole Mill in 1975 about to set off in an anti-clockwise direction

Colebank Road – outside Sarehole Mill – March 2019