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This renovated water mill was built in 1765 on the site of an old mill built 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.
Sarehole Mill is now a museum managed by Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery.  It opens from April to October, Tuesday to Sunday and Bank Holidays from 11.30am until 4.00pm.  There is a charge for entrance to the mill building but the cafe and the newly created gardens are free.
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A Local Nature Reserve, Moseley Bog is an area of ancient woodland near Moseley, Birmingham, and a ten to fifteen minute walk from Sarehole Mill.  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 Birmingham & Black Country 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. A huge amount of work has been carried out in Moseley Bog to enable greater access whilst protecting the delicate environment within its boundaries.

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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