Cider Mill

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Cider Mill

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Our enormous wooden cider press from the Trelowarren Estate is a well-known feature of Helston Museum, but perhaps not so familiar is this accompanying cider mill, which was used to crush the apples to pulp, using horse power. About 50 kilos of apples were laid on the centre, then the cider-maker would walk behind the horse as it rotated the central spindle and crushed them. He would knock a few apples at a time into the path of the roller and added buckets of water. This process continued until the crushed apple filled the bowl, when wooden scoops would be used to transfer the pulp to the press for the next stage. This particular mill is unusual because the bowl is made from a single piece of granite, rather than two pieces, dowelled together.