Sarehole Mill 1895 - 1976
The 200-year-old mill at Sarehole is one of only two surviving watermills in Birmingham. These images are from our archive and show the mill and surrounding buildings during the 19th and 20th century

Sarehole Mill was a childhood haunt of celebrated author JRR Tolkien. Born in South Africa in 1892, his family moved to Birmingham in 1896 and lived close to the mill for four years. Tolkien and his brother spent many hours playing around the mill. This and other local settings such as the Moseley Bog provided inspiration for 'Hobbitton' and 'The Shire' in his books The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings. Tolkien contributed to the restoration of the Mill in the 1960s.
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