How a Water Mill Works # 1
By Lance and Dean

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The water goes into the wheel. The force of the water turns the wheel around. The wheel is attached to another wheel on the wall and a wheel on the floor. The wheels turn around. The bottom one is attached to a mill stone which grinds the wheat. Arran and Arthur will tell you how cogs and gears help a mill to work.Click here.

Before the middle ages, if there was a drought and there was no rain, the river would dry out and the wheel would not turn. So they needed to store water in a mill pond and then they could let water in or out by opening a sluice gate

Click here and Jenni and Claudia will tell you more about mill ponds.