All about BlueMill

Our BlueMill logo attempts to encapsulate the history of Bright, incorporating a symbol of a waterwheel: a reference to the beautiful rivers and streams in this area, and also a reminder of the Bright mill which was in operation, not too far from BlueMill cottage.

The blue in our logo aims to enhance the surrounding natural environment and frequent sightings of the Blue Wren, while the orange represents autumn, Bright’s most picturesque season. However, Spring is not to be forgotten, with the delights of Bright in springtime represented by the colour green in the properties.

The History of the Waterwheel

The waterwheel is an ancient device that uses flowing or falling water to create power. The force of the water moved the paddles, and the consequent rotation of the wheel is transmitted to machinery via the shaft of the wheel. The first reference to its use dates back to about 4000 B.C., where, in a poem by an early Greek writer, Antipater, it tells about the freedom from the toil of young women who operated small handmills to grind corn.

“Hold back your hand from the mill, you grinding girls; even if the cockcrow heralds the dawn, sleep on. For Demeter has imposed the labours of your hands on the nymphs, who leaping down upon the topmost part of the wheel, rotate its axle; with encircling cogs,it turns the hollow weight of the Nisyrian millstones. If we learn to feast toil-free on the fruits of the earth, we taste again the golden age.”

Antipater of ThessalonicaInstructions