Owned by the municipality of Bias, the mill operates by means of an impressive, horizontal water wheel – 2.70 meters in diameter – powering a set of mill stones, a flour bolter and sack hoist. Water in the mill pond is released and falls 4 meters to drive the mill wheel. In place before the Revolution, the building is one in a chain of mills that existed (others are now private dwellings) on ‘La Masse’, a small stream running through the ‘La Vallée du Mail’ (below Pujols) before joining the river Lot, at Bias.
A forge and museum of hand-forged tools has been set up in the former miller’s kitchen on the ground floor. The upper floors are not accessible to the public. Guided visits are offered in French or English on open days, and visits by private groups can be arranged by prior appointment.
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