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Tolkien's Shire

Sarehole water mill was built in 1765 on the site of an old mill built originally in 1540.   Ronald Tolkien and his brother used to explore the area when, as young children, they lived nearby in the (then) Hamlet of Sarehole for a few years from 1896.   Frequently chased off by the miller's son whom they nicknamed the "White Ogre" because of his covering of white dust from the bones being ground up, the mill left its mark and re-surfaced as the great mill in The Shire.

Moseley Bog, a Local Nature Reserve, is an area of ancient woodland near Moseley, Birmingham, and close to Sarehole Mill.  This is a woodland explored by Tolkien during the few years he lived nearby as a young child.  At that time the area was a glade he describes as being full of wild flowers.   Walking through the area today it is easy to appreciate how his imagination may have been stirred.  Under threat some years ago, it was saved by the efforts of local residents who set up The Moseley Bog Conservation Group.  They have worked tirelessly in conjunction with volunteers and the Rangers to maintain and look after this area of outstanding interest.

The Wildlife Trust have taken over the care of Moseley Bog from the Council and have been working to enhance the area with a package of care awarded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

There is now much  improved public access.

Within the boundaries of Moseley Bog there are burnt mounds dating back to  3000BC.
You can enter Moseley bog from the newly created entrance at Yardley Wood Road end or via Thirlmere Drive, opposite Sarehole Mill and leading off Wake Green Road.

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