Friends of Dinham Millennium Green Trust helped to raise thousands of pounds towards the Green and the Mill. They help with running costs, fundraising and social events. Joining is simple, and so worthwhile…
Volunteer friends needed.
Dinham Millennium Green and the Mill on the Green, which opened on
August Bank Holiday 2009, is well worth a visit. Here at Dinham you may still walk the land which
formed the oldest settlement in the town. Today the imposing ruined castle
epitomises Ludlow’s antiquity.
Dinham has been both workplace and playground for the inhabitants of Ludlow.
The first record of a corn mill on the exact footprints of the present Mill was
in 1331; though it’s likely one existed here much earlier. Later there were 2
more mills which, in 1368, were deemed the most important corn mills in the
Victorian times the corn mill gave way to a water-powered Iron and Brass Foundry
established by Chaplin Hodges in 1827. Early in the twentieth century, the same
mill building housed the turbine of the new Ludlow Electric Light Company. When
this was disbanded a single attendant remained in residence at the mill, and
the area now known as the Green became overgrown.
site was used as a swimming pool, and the mill was used as the
changing rooms. When the area fell into disuse, the then South Shropshire District Council elected to use the space for a housing
development. In 1998, the Ludlow Guild ’98 was formed by local residents (now
known as the Millennium Green Trust), who opposed the development and wanted to
restore the mill and create the Millennium Green for residents to enjoy. The
Trust also owns the Castle Weir, and a strip of woodland downstream of Dinham
Bridge. The entire site is now designated within an SSSI classification.
The site is
also well-known in history for its leisure uses. The river Teme has been used
for bathing, fishing and boating. In the 19th century there was a
Big Freeze, during which the river froze over and residents skated on it! In
the early twentieth century Regattas were held on the river, and in the 1970s
there were a series of water carnivals, known as Kinky Kraft Races.