Cutt Mill in Dorset with a Grisly Secret

December 27, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

 

Cutt Mill and Pond

Up early this morning to capture some pre sunrise images of the now derelict Cutt Mill in Dorset, near Sturminster Newton. Whenever I see frost appearing on my weather App I feel I have to get up and go out to shoot pictures. It's becoming an obsession. There is just something about the frosty coating of a hard frost in the Winter months that's is hard to beat. On this occasion I had visited the scene the day before and had planned where I was going to setup and take the photos. There wasn't much chance of a spectacular sunrise, as the sun was positioned behind me but I wanted to balance the light  in the scene and bring out the nice detail in the brickwork and distant orange glow on the horizon. To soften the water and create a reflection I used a 6 stop ND filter which resulted in a shutter speed of about 30 secs. This was enough to show the circling flow of the water and add further interest in front of the Mill. I was using my Fuji XT2 and 10-24 F4 lens and NISI V5 filter system. 

 

To the left side of the Mill are the old sluice gates now well rusted up and padlocked but i do love these sites where there is evidence of a past industrial era. On researching Cutt Mill I discovered there has been a Mill on this site for about 2000 years, although most of the crumbling structure you now see is about 200 or so years old.  I believe the Mill stopped working in 1920. There is also documented evident of a grisly murder that took place in 1932. 


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