Horeb Mill – Y Felin Newydd

This building is located in the hamlet of Horeb near the village of Pum Heol , and is about 1 km downstream from the older, Melin yr Afr. Built sometime after 1801 to ensure the continuation of milling in the area , it was much more accessible than its forerunner.

A succession of millers named Phillips ran the mill up to the 1880s when the Philpot family took over. Both families had a long history as millers around Llanelli.

In 1916 the following advert appeared in the Llanelly Mercury newspaper ….

David Philpot has joined up. The Mill has closed for the duration of the war. Farmers are requested to call for their goods . We hope to reopen after hostilities have ceased”.

It is a solid, well-built stone structure, characteristic of many farm buildings of this period. It was empty and unused for 75 years , but has recently been renovated.

Llanelli Community Heritage are grateful to Mr John Williams and Mr Dafydd Jenkins both members of Llanelli Historical Society, for the above extract from 'Mills In Llanelli'.

The Old Mill Horeb/Yr Hen Felin Horeb - by Mark Evans owner/restorer

The Mill sits alongside the river Lleidi on its way to the Swiss Valley Reservoirs, which used to serve the West Wales town of Llanelli with water. When purchasing Felinewydd Farm in late 80s it has always been my ambition to regenerate the building as it had fallen into sorry state since it was last a working Mill in 1934.

The Mill represented the last building of any historical past in Horeb/Five Roads and was within a couple of years of being completely unrecoverable based on assessments made by various architects and structural engineers.

The project started in 2005 when the I started to remove the enormous growth of ivy and collapsed debris that was once the roof of the original building which had collapsed during the late 1930s/early 1940s. When in a reasonably presentable condition a Planning Application was submitted in the summer of 2006 to Sir Gar Planning Department where reviews took place under planning regulations together with Environmental Agency and Welsh Water in ensuring that the proposed reconstruction met all the requirements laid out by governing bodies.

Innovative solutions were presented to meet both Environmental and the long term  Global Climate change projection. In September 2006 final approval was given by Sir Gar Planning for the commencement of the reconstruction. It should be mentioned that the three professional bodies mentioned above were extremely supportive and motivated by this heritage project and impacted the delivery of the final specifications to meet all compliances together with retaining the goal of project uniqueness

The detailed structural designs to maintain the heritage of this historic building was the brainchild of Byron Darkin, a local architect. Sadly Byron passed away prior to the completion of this project.

Work started on the reconstruction in June 2007 and was severely affected by adverse weather conditions particularly the severe winters of 2009 and 2010 and wet summers of 2008 and 2009.

The dwelling has been finished to the highest possible standard with Pennant stone from a local quarry supporting the 3ft thick walls and all the wood in the building is solid Welsh oak.

Completion was in March 2011. The road has been a very challenging, yet rewarding one. The latter being demonstrated through personal viewing of a stunning building. I would like to recognise the following people for their total commitment in delivering an awesome result to preserve this historic building for ever.

  • Byron Darkin
  • Owen Banks
  • Sir Gar Planning Department
  • Welsh Water
  • Environmental Agency Wales
  • TAD Builders
  • Strasdins Joinery
  • O2 Plumbing
  • Don Davies Electricals
  • Julian Evans/Jim Jones –Specialist Carpenters
  • Hilary Blinds
  • Total Building Control

Ref: also LCH0207